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Bacolod City, Philippines Thursday, January 12, 2017
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Sexagenarian dies
of ‘meningococcemia'

The Provincial Health Office is now doing contact tracing of the family members of a 60-year-old woman, who reportedly died of suspected meningococcemia yesterday, at a hospital in Bacolod City.

Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Ernell Tumimbang, told ABS-CBN that their contact tracing will also include the personnel of an inn, where she had temporarily stayed, and nurses who attended to her at the hospital.

The victim was reported to have been a resident of a town in southern Negros.

The advisory of the Department of Health showed that the bacteria spreads from an infected carrier to another person through close, direct physical contact, and through coughing, sneezing, or kissing. It can also spread through saliva (spit) by sharing items such as food or drinks, cups, utensils and drinking straws, it added.

In general, people should not share anything that has been in their mouth, it said.

Those who have had close contacts with a case of meningococcal disease may be given an antibiotic to protect them, the advisory said.*GPB



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