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Negros Oriental probing suspected meningococcemia case

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The Negros Oriental Provincial Health Office is currently investigating a suspected meningococcemia case in the province.

The patient was first admitted to Holy Child Hospital in Dumaguete City but was later transferred to Negros Oriental Provincial Hospital.

The patient is reportedly in “unstable” condition.

Hospital officials have already taken blood samples, which will be forwarded to the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine in Metro Manila for analysis. (https://bit.ly/2Rs2Cc4)

Meanwhile, Governor Roel Degamo appealed for the public to refrain from spreading stories about the case until the laboratory results are received.

“We strongly advise the public to stop from making stories, especially on social media platforms, that would cause undue public panic,” he said.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, meningococcemia is caused by bacteria that enter the bloodstream and multiplies, which can damage blood vessel walls. Symptoms include fever and chills, fatigue, vomiting, cold extremities, severe aches or pain to muscles and joints, rapid breathing, and diarrhea.