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No meningococcemia outbreak in Pasay, hospital exec declares


By Dhel Nazario

There is no meningococcemia outbreak in Pasay City.

Mary Joy Salinas-Balanay, Pasay City General Hospital’s (PCGH) emergency room head, assured this following reports that a suspected meningococcemia patient was admitted at the city’s medical facility.

Parents and relative of the measles victim take care of their children inside the ward at San Lazaro Hospital in Manila, February 7, 2019. Secretary Duque announced the measles outbreaks in CALABARZON, NCR, Region 3, Region 6 and Region 7. (CZAR DANCEL / MANILA BULLETIN)


“As of the moment, we have no meningococcemia outbreak in our city. This is an isolated case. No other similar cases have been recorded,” she said.

The patient was eventually transferred to San Lazaro Hospital and is presently awaiting laboratory confirmation for Neisseria meningitidis at both medical institutions.

After the patient’s transfer, the PCGH emergency room was thoroughly cleaned.

Meningococcal disease is a rare, but very serious disease caused by a bacteria called Neisseria meningitidis. About one in 10 people can have these bacteria in the back of their nose and throat without being sick.

“This disease is not as contagious as the common colds or flu as the bacteria causing the disease cannot survive outside of the human host,” Dr. Balanay said.

She said they are monitoring people who have had close contact with the patient. They were also given the necessary medicines to prevent the spread of the disease. Doctors and hospital workers in PCGH were also given antibiotics.

“We have done contact tracing and have already provided post-exposure prophylaxis to close contacts of the patient, and we are going to monitor them for any signs and symptoms.”

Dr. Balanay said they have also decontaminated the patient’s house for further safety.

“Practicing good personal hygiene such as regular handwashing and covering of mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing will prevent the spread of this disease. This is a deadly but highly preventable disease,” she said.
The hospital’s emergency room has been opened since 7 p.m. Sunday.


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