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Elderly woman dies of suspected meningococcemia in Zamboanga

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

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