Explainer: What is meningococcemia, its symptoms, and how to prevent it?

Explainer: What is meningococcemia, its symptoms, and how to prevent it?

A woman was confirmed dead due to meningococcemia in Tanauan City, Batangas on September 21.

PAY ATTENTION: Click "See First" under the "Following" tab to see KAMI news on your News Feed

KAMI learned that three other people are suspected of meningococcemia.

However, the Department of Health is still waiting for the blood test results for confirmation.

What is meningococcemia?

According to Healthline, meningococcemia is a rare infection. It is caused by Neisseria meningitidis bacteria that could also cause meningitis.

If the bacterial infection remains in the blood and did not affect the brain or spinal cord, it is called meningococcemia.

However, it is also possible to have meningitis and meningococcemia at the same time. The bacteria will appear in the bloodstream and then will affect the brain.

This type of disease usually occurs in children below 4 years old and adolescents.

PAY ATTENTION: Submit to info@kami.com.ph or message us on Facebook your personal story, along with related photos or videos, and get a chance to make an impact on other people’s lives! If your story gets chosen, our video team will make a special feature about it so that others can learn and be inspired by your journey. We can also hide your identity in the special feature, depending on your preference.

What are the symptoms of meningococcemia?

  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Rashes
  • Nausea
  • Irritability
  • Anxiety

PAY ATTENTION: Using free basics app to access internet for free? Now you can read KAMI news there too. Use the search option to find us. Read KAMI news while saving your data!

How to prevent meningococcemia?

  • Observe healthy hygiene
  • Wash your hands thoroughly
  • Cover your mouth and nose while sneezing or coughing
  • Make sure to have clean environment
  • Have strong immune system

Can meningococcemia be treated?

Yes. However, it must be treated immediately. A person infected with the disease will be kept in an isolated room. Antibiotics will begin to fight the bacteria.

Even if the people close to the infected person do not show symptoms, they could be given prophylactic antibiotics to prevent the disease.

Enjoyed reading our story? Download KAMI's news app on Google Play now and stay up-to-date with major Filipino news!

Showbiz Kami: "Add Me On Facebook" –Kris Aquino To Single Men! Kris Aquino encouraged single men to add her on Facebook and this caused a lot of noise on social media – on KAMI HumanMeter YouTube channel!

Source: Kami.com.ph

Mailfire view pixel