QC: NO MENINGOCOCCEMIA OUTBREAK IN NOVALICHES
QUEZON CITY – The Quezon City government refuted rumors of meningococcemia outbreak in Novaliches.
In a statement posted on Facebook, the Novaliches District Hospital (NDH) said there is no “meningococcemia outbreak” in the hospital.
Meningococcemia is a bacterial disease which can be transmitted through respiratory secretions. Although not highly contagious, the disease can be fatal.
Its symptoms include high fever, headache, stiff neck, drowsiness, dizziness, convulsions, vomiting, unstable vital signs, coughing, and rashes.
“There was no outbreak at all. Everything is under control,” said Dr. Olivia Favor, medical director of the NDH. “The shutdown was a normal preventive measure. The risk has never been considered a threat.”
The NDH issued the statement to dispel rumors circulating on social media sites regarding a purported disease outbreak after the temporary shutdown of the NDH’s emergency room.
The hospital clarified it was forced to close its emergency room when an 11-year-old boy was brought to the facility for treatment on January 4.
“To prevent the contagious disease from spreading, we closed the emergency room facility for 24 hours with appropriate decontamination of all the equipment used on the said patient using UV (ultraviolet) light,” she added.
The patient was then transferred to a specialized government healthcare facility where he could be treated in isolation.
The NDH’s emergency room resumed normal operations on January 6.
“Preventive treatment was also given to persons who were exposed to the patient. It was a single case and not an outbreak,” the hospital stated.
Solitary case, Favor said, is far from being called an outbreak.
According to the World Health Organization, an outbreak is an occurrence of cases of disease in excess of the normal or expected in a defined community, geographical area or season.