The regional office of the Department of Health (DOH) is looking into a suspected meningococcemia case involving a patient confined in isolation at the Adventist Hospital Palawan (AHP).
DOH regional director Dr. Mario Baquilod said Wednesday that they have received a report about the patient with suspected meningococcemia, but are still waiting for the result of the blood sample that had been sent for tests to the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM).
“Naka-receive ako ng report ng isang suspected meningococcemia patient, but we are still confirming it kasi as far as I know ay naipadala na ang sample nito sa Manila para malaman kung positive nga. Mahirap naman to speculate kaya dapat ma-confirm talaga siya ng RITM,” he said.
Baquilod said the patient who showed symptoms of the rare infection caused by the Neisseria meningitidis bacteria is currently undergoing treatment in a quarantine area at the AHP.
He declined to identify the symptoms that manifested in the suspected meningococcemia patient but based on available information, the common early signs are fever, headache, nausea, rashes or small spots, anxiety, and irritability.
As it progresses, more serious symptoms that could show in a patient are bleeding patches under the skin, blood clots, fatigue, and shock.
Neisseria meningitidis is as “Gram-negative bacterium” that also causes meningitis.
“As of now, I have to confirm. Napaka-infectious nyan but kagaya nga ng sinabi ko ay suspected pa lang naman. This is a rare case, mabilis makahawa hindi katulad ng dengue at malaria. [In case na confirmed], i-intensify ang treatment sa kanya,” he added.