Female detainee in Biñan dies of suspected meningococcemia


Posted at Apr 06 2019 06:22 PM

MANILA - A female detainee in Biñan, Laguna died of suspected meningococcemia, Saturday.

Visitors have been temporarily banned after 23-year-old woman was rushed to the hospital Friday dawn due to symptoms of the disease.

The woman was arrested by police on March 31 due to illegal gambling.

Doctors at the Biñan Community Hospital said the woman had symptoms similar to that of meningococcemia.

The woman was brought to the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine on Saturday morning but was later reported dead.

The Department of Health and RITM have yet to confirm if her death was indeed due to meningococcemia.

The meningococcal infection is usually transmitted through direct contact: saliva and sweat.

Its symptoms include high-grade fever, change in senses, severe headache and drowsiness, joint pain and rashes.

Some 100 detainees are cramped inside the Police Community Precinct 3 facility fearing they might get the infection.

Face masks and medicine were given to the police and detainees, said Col. Danilo Mendoza, chief of Biñan Police.