Dr. Leoncio Abiera Jr. on Jan. 15 urged the public not to panic over the suspected case of meningococcemia. He said the bacterial disease could not just infect anyone. PNA/ANNABEL CONSUELO PETINGLAY It cannot survive in the outsideenvironment for over a minute, he said. Meanwhile, Dr. Luz Resurreccion,Pediatrics Infectious Diseases Specialist at the ASMGH, said meningococcemiausually occurs among children below four years old and to those“immunocompromised” persons because of their low resistance to the bacteria. Abiera said as of Wednesday, around 70persons have already received prophylaxis by a medical team which was sent toBarangay Buhang to conduct health education among the residents in the area.(With a report from PNA/PN) SAN JOSE, Antique – The IntegratedProvincial Health Office (IPHO) urges Antiqueños not to panic over the reporteddeath of a three-year-old boy due to a suspected case of meningococcemia. “The case as for now is justmeningococcemia suspect until the Research Institute for Tropical Medicinecould confirm the result of the blood sample taken from the boy,” Abiera said. “Please don’t panic,” Abiera said,adding meningococcemia is caused by Neisseria meningitis bacteria that can liveharmlessly in the upper respiratory tract of a human being. The boy experienced fever, convulsionand vomiting. His mother brought him to the Angel Salazar Memorial GeneralHospital (ASMGH) around 9 a.m. on Jan. 13. “The mode of transmission of thedisease is droplet,” he added. Abiera said the child, who is fromDumangas, Iloilo, was on vacation with his mother in Antique since Dec. 29,2019. The boy, however, died around 2:30p.m. of the same day. “For those children who had closecontact with the suspected case, Rifampicin is being given as prophylaxis fortwo days while for adults, one dose of Ciprofloxacin,” Resurreccion added. IPHO Health Officer Dr. Leoncio AbieraJr. on Wednesday appealed for calm, regarding information circulating on socialmedia about the death of a three-year-old boy who was on vacation in BarangayBuhang, Hamtic, Antique.