Ban on visits eyed at Zamboanga City Jail after suspected meningo case

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 25 2019 11:06 PM

ZAMBOANGA CITY - Visits may be temporarily banned at the Zamboanga City Jail after a detainee died last week due to suspected meningococcemia.

The Infection Prevention and Control Committee of the Zamboanga City Medical Center (ZCMC) said it recommended the ban on jail visits for 2 weeks.

"In the interest of public safety, we thought for a longer period of time for the safety of everybody," ZCMC spokesperson Dr. Afdal Kunting said.

Kunting said the detainee was admitted at the said hospital for 7 hours where he died later.

City Health Officer Dr. Dulce Miravite, however, denied that the patient died due to meningococcemia. Miravite said the patient died because of another illness she refused to reveal.

Prophylaxis were given to all inmates of the reformatory center including jail personnel who were in close contact with the said patient, as well as police officers. 

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. 

--Report from Leizel Lacastesantos, ABS-CBN News