Manila hospital reopens ER after meningo scare


Posted at Jan 24 2019 02:59 PM

MANILA - The Gat. Andres Bonifacio Memorial Medical Center (GABMMC) in the capital has reopened its emergency room after treating a suspected meningococcemia patient. 

The patient, a 55-year-old woman, had fever and pale violet rashes. 
A photo of her spread online, triggering speculation that the hospital had a meningococcemia case. 

The GABMMC has yet to confirm the alleged infection, but shuttered the emergency room to prevent the spread of any disease, senior house officer Dr. Rolan Mendiola earlier said. 

The emergency room reopened after undergoing decontamination for some 24 hours. 

Meningococcemia, which is endemic to Asia, may lead to organ failure, severe disability or death. 

It may be transmitted through direct close contact with contaminated individuals or their respiratory discharges. Its contamination is seasonal and occurs mostly during colder months. 

The disease is characterized by sudden onset of high fever for 24 hours, stiff neck, delirium; altered mental state; vomiting; cough; sore throat; pinpoint rashes that become wider and appear like bruises starting on the legs and arms; large map-like, bruise-like patches; severe skin lesions that may lead to gangrene; and unstable vital signs.