By Analou De Vera
Five individuals have succumbed to meningococcemia in Calabarzon area, an official of the Department of Health (DOH) said.
DOH-Calabarzon Regional Director Eduardo Janairo said that two of the deceased patients were from Nasugbu, Batangas; one each from Tanuan and Lian, Batangas; and another from Paete, Laguna.
Janairo said that they have not monitored any new cases of meningococcemia in the region.
“Wala pa tayo uling nakikita na may sintomas ng meningococcemia. Patuloy pa rin ang ating surveillance…[We have not monitored any person who manifest symptoms of meningococcemia. Our surveillance continues.],” said the DOH official in an interview over radio DZBB on Saturday.
Meningococcemia is a disease caused by a bacteria called Neisseria meningitidis. It is spread from person-to-person through coughing, kissing, or sharing of utensils.
Its symptoms include cough, headache, sore throat, fever, chills, malaise, nausea, vomiting, and skin rashes.
“Paano maiiwasan? Iwasan muna natin ang matataong lugar lalo kung may sakit tayo… Laging maghuhugas ng kamay pag ikaw ay galing sa labas at bago kumain…,” said Janairo.
[How to avoid it? Avoid crowded places, especially if you are sick. Always wash your hands after coming in from outside and before eating.]