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Meningo scare closes ER

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The Gat Andres Bonifacio Memorial Medical Center in Tondo, Manila was forced to close temporarily to the public its emergency room section after admitting a patient with suspected meningococcemia.

The 55-year-old female patient showed signs of the highly infectious infection, including violet-colored rashes and fever running unabated for over three days.

However, the doctors have yet to confirm at press time whether it was indeed a case of meningococcemia. The closure of the ER was just a precaution, said a staff of the hospital.

The patient was placed in an isolation room while awaiting the results of her laboratory tests, including blood culture.

Aside from rashes and extended fever, other symptoms of meningococcemia are headache and vomiting.

According to doctors, a person can contract meningococcemia through bodily secretions like saliva and blood.

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