Young girl in Valenzuela dies from ‘meningococcemia’

January 16, 2019

THE Valenzuela City government yesterday confirmed the death of a young girl who showed signs and symptoms of Meningococcemia at the Valenzuela City Emergency Hospital last Monday.

Mayor Rex Gatchalian, however, advised the public not to panic since the patient came from Bancal, Meycauayan, Bulacan, and was declared dead upon arrival at the hospital’s emergency room due to severe headache, rashes and diarrhea.

Health authorities said the meningococcemia could only infect other people through direct contact with the patient because the illness is not an airborne disease.

As precautionary measures, Mayor Gatchalian said the local health department subjected the ER (emergency room) department to fumigation, ultraviolet (UV) light and disinfection while the family members of the victim and all the personnel on duty at the time the girl was rushed to the hospital were given antibiotics.

Local health authorities said it would take about three days or about a week before tests could confirmed if the girl died from meningococcemia while the details of the case was already submitted to the Regional Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit of the Department of Health (DoH) for them to advised the Bulacan health officials to take necessary action.