What we know so far
The woman was arrested March 31 due to illegal gambling and all the while when she was in prison she was rushed at the Biñan Community hospital and there she was checked and doctors said that she was exhibiting symptoms of what was suspected to be Meningococcemia.
The woman was immediately transferred to the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine on Saturday morning but unfortunately she was reported dead later on.
The RITM (Research Institute for Tropical Medicine) and DOH (Department of Health) have yet to confirm if whether the cause of death was indeed Meningococcemia.
What is Meningococcemia?
Meningococcemia is a rare infection caused by the Neisseria meningitidis bacteria. This is the same type of bacteria that can cause meningitis.
When the bacteria infect the membranes that cover the brain and spinal cord, it’s called meningitis. When the infection remains in the blood but doesn’t infect the brain or spinal cord, it’s called meningococcemia.
It’s also possible to have both meningitis and meningococcemia at the same time. In this case, the bacteria appears in the bloodstream first and then passes into the brain.
Symptoms include fever, headache, rash, nausea, irritability and anxiety.
How to prevent the disease from spreading
One of the few ways to prevent this bacteria is to keep basic hygiene in check. Washing your heads thoroughly from time to time and covering your mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing.
The Updates so far
Back to where the woman was detained, some 100 other captives also fear that they might have contacted the bacteria as well.
According to Col. Danilo Mendoza, chief of Biñan Police, they have already made necessary first steps to keep the bacteria from spreading such as giving medicine and equipped both detainees and police officers with face masks.