Fact check: Is meningococcemia ‘spreading’ in the Philippines?

Fact check: Is meningococcemia ‘spreading’ in the Philippines?

- An online post claimed that meningococcemia has been spreading in the country

- It also showed conversations of people talking about the disease and photos of skin lesions

- However, it has been reported that the claim was misleading

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An online post has claimed that the infectious disease, meningococcemia, has been spreading in the country, most specifically in the province of Batangas.

However, KAMI learned that the post was misleading.

As reported by French news agency Agence France-Presse, the post shared photos of meningococcemia and conversations of people giving a warning about the alleged spread of the disease in Batangas.

Totoo Kya.... Ito kumakalat n. Virus. tanauan batanggas to San Jose batanggas,” it said in the Facebook post.

Virus n mabilis kumikitil ng Buhay ng Tao. Nkaka pag alala.... mag ingat padin tau lhat,” it added.

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However, it has been reported that the claim was false and the photos that were used showing people infected with meningococcemia came from international sources.

The second photo displayed above was taken from a video embedded in an Australian report published on July 27, 2017.

“Adelaide man dies from meningococcal disease just hours after going to hospital,” it read in the headline.

Fact check: Is meningococcemia ‘spreading’ in the Philippines?

Screenshot from AFP
Source: Facebook

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Meanwhile, the third photo in the post was taken from the 2016 edition of the book “Deadly Dermatologic Disease” which was published in 2007.

Fact check: Is meningococcemia ‘spreading’ in the Philippines?

Screenshot from AFP
Source: Facebook

In a statement released on October 5, 2019, the Department of Health (DOH) has confirmed that there were two reported cases of meningococcemia in Batangas and Laguna. However, the department also clarified that there was no outbreak in the country.

“As of the moment, there is no meningococcemia outbreak in the country,” it read in the statement.

“As cases are sporadic in nature and are not clustering,” it added.

You may read the press release here.

In a previous report by KAMI, meningococcemia was explained as a bacterial infection that could also cause meningitis.

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