Meningococcemia ruled out in kid’s death

BACOLOD City – The City Health Office (CHO) here ruled out meningococcemia as the cause of death of a 5-year old boy.

CHO Sanitation Division head Dr. Grace Tan said the kid, whose identity is being withheld, began vomiting Nov 10, 2017 while attending classes.

Tan said the kid was then admitted in two private hospitals in Bacolod City but was later transferred to Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital (CLMMRH) after the kid started showing symptoms of meningococcemia.

The kid passed away Nov 12.

Meningococcemia or Meningococcal disease is an infection caused by the bacterium Neisseria meningitidis and carries a high mortality rate if left untreated.

Following the kid’s death, Tan said they immediately conducted several tests and determined that the victim was negative for the said disease.

However, she said they are still waiting for the confirmatory report coming from CLMMRH.

As a precaution, the victim’s family was all given antibiotics, while classes at the kid’s school were temporarily suspended to disinfect the school premises.

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