Zamboanga City Health Office (PNA file photo)
Zamboanga City – A health official revealed – A 67-year-old woman is suspected of suffering from cerebral ischemia at a hospital here Monday afternoon.
The attending physician ordered the survivors to immediately bury the victim's remains to prevent the bacteria from spreading.
The woman's body was taken to a local funeral parlor where it was wrapped with packaging tape, covered with a physical bag and placed in a coffin.
Reports revealed that the elderly patient was imprisoned at the state-run Zamboanga City Medical Center early Monday morning and expired earlier that afternoon. Laboratory tests that will confirm whether the woman suffered meningococcemia are yet to be released.
"If ever a physician finds meningococcusemia, the remains should be buried immediately because it is a highly contagious disease," said Dr. Dolce Amore Marquette, chief of the City Health Office on Tuesday.
Under their protocol, once a doctor suspects that the patient has died of meningococcemia, the remains will be "placed in a cadre bag, and buried within 24 hours," said Marwright.
He also said that he would provide pro-prophylaxis treatment to close relatives of those affected and those who had come in contact with him before he died.
The patient was living in a katchi community in a barangay within a seven-kilometer radius of the city.
Former health officer of the city, Dr. Rodelin Igblos, said meningococcusemia is a rare infection caused by Neisseria meningitidis bacteria.
Symptoms of the disease include fever, headache, irritation, irritability, nausea and anxiety in small places, he said. (PNA)Source By: https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1083899