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Flesh-eating bacteria could easily afflict detainees in packed, dingy jails — DOH official

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By Analou De Vera

A Department of Health (DOH) official said that any person can be afflicted with a flesh-eating bacteria called “necrotizing fasciitis” in jails due to the congestion and poor ventilation in these facilities.

Department of Health (Manila Bulletin)

Department of Health (Manila Bulletin)

“Na-imagine naman natin yung situation doon (jail facility) napaka-congested, hindi naman siguro nalilinis lagi, talagang maari syang pagbuhayan ng bacteria kaya pag ang isang preso ay may sugat, tapos na infect pa ng bacteria na ito, then it can lead to necrotizing faciitis,” said Health Undersecretary Rolando Enrique Domingo in a radio interview on Wednesday.

Last Sunday, an inmate of Manila City Jail named Gerry Baluran allegedly died due to necrotizing faciitis (NF), an infection that can cause deterioration of body tissues.

Domingo said that the NF is not contagious unless the wound of an individual got infected.

“Hindi naman sya nakakahawa easily from one person to another talagang yung sugat dapat at yung sugat ang ma-infect ng bacteria so hindi po sya yung nagkakaroon ng outbreak or epidemic, usually isolated cases lang ito,” said Domingo.

Domingo said that an individual with NF will undergo an operation to remove the damaged tissue and will also undergo an intravenous antibiotic treatment, in order to stop the spread of the infection.

Domingo then urged the officials of the jail facilities to consult the city health office in order to get an advice on how to improve the health conditions of the inmates.

Domingo also urged the inmates to regularly practice good hygiene as it can prevent the spread of microorganisms.

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