Suspected meningo case alerts Negros Occidental town government

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A suspected case of meningococcemia has placed the town government of Isabela in Negros Occidental on alert.

The case involving a 13-year-old boy believed to have died from the disease prompted town authorities to conduct tests.

Isabela Mayor Joselito Malabor said he is waiting for the test results, adding there is no confirmation yet.

“We are still awaiting the laboratory results to find out the actual cause of the death of the boy,” he said.

Last Thursday, Aug. 2, the 13-year-old boy from Barangay Sebucawan in Isabela died at the Ignacio L. Arroyo Memorial District Hospital.

Malabor said the child was immediately buried as a precautionary measure.

In the meantime, he said the classmates, teachers, and relatives who made contact with the boy were given antibiotic prophylaxis.

Symptoms of meningococcemia include fever, general aches, and rashes. Complications include shock, failure of multiple organs, lack of circulation to the extremities, and death.