QC assures folk: No meningo outbreak

Health authorities assure residents there is no meningococcemia outbreak in Quezon City. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

There is no meningococcemia outbreak in Novaliches.

This, the local government of Quezon City assured Thursday, after netizens raised concerns over a viral photo of a boy, a suspected meningococcemia patient, which circulated on social media.

Also going viral was the photo of a memorandum ordering the closure of the emergency room for quarantine and decontamination.

Novaliches District Hospital (NDH) medical director Dr. Olivia Favor stressed that there is no cause to worry.

“There is no outbreak at all. Everything is under control,” said Favor.

The clarification was made following the temporary shutdown of the NDH’s emergency room conducted as a biosafety measure after an 11-year-old boy was brought to the facility for treatment on 4 January.

The boy was later transferred to a specialized government healthcare facility where he can be treated in isolation.

“The shutdown was a normal preventive measure. The risk has never been considered a threat,” Favor said, adding that the incident was far from being called an outbreak.

“To prevent the contagious disease from spreading, we closed the emergency room facility for 24 hours with appropriate decontamination of all the equipment used on the said patient using UV (ultraviolet) light,” she added.

Meanwhile, preventive treatment was also given to NDH patients and employees who were exposed to the patient.

Meningococcemia is a bacterial disease that can be transferred through respiratory secretions.

Although the disease is not highly contagious, it can be fatal. It can spread via direct contact with discharges from the nose and throat that contain the bacteria Neisseria meningitides, according to the Department of Health (DoH).

The symptoms of meningococcemia are: high fever, headache, stiff neck, drowsiness, dizziness, convulsions, vomiting, unstable vital signs, coughing, and rashes.

Preventing Meningococcal Disease- Learn about ways to prevent this serious disease

Meningococcal disease is a life-threating disease caused by the bacteria called Neisseria Meningitides. It can cause infections in the lining of the brain (meningitis) and in the blood (Meningococcemia), or both. These conditions are very serious and can be deadly.Seek immediate treatment if you experience the following symptoms:• sudden fever, vomiting, headache, or stiff neck/backacheOther symptoms includes:• Nausea• Eyes are sensitive to light• Confusion• Rash – red/purple spots in the skinMeningococcal disease is spread from person to person via transfer of saliva or spit. This can happen when a person with the bacteria coughs or deep kisses an uninfected person. It can even spread if a person shares drinks from the same glass or bowl at a social gathering.Practice proper hygiene to prevent the spread of the disease- Cover your mouth and nose with tissue or handkerchief when coughing and sneezing- Dispose tissue in the bin, wash handkerchief daily with soap and water- After coughing or sneezing, wash your hands with soap and water- Don’t share eating utensils, taki drinks at social gathering , cigarettes, kava bowls, or alcoholFor more information please go to your nearest health facility or visit ‘My Health’section on Ministry of Health and Medical services website www.health.gov.

Posted by Ministry of Health & Medical Services – Fiji on Wednesday, 1 August 2018

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