Thirty families in Abra de Ilog in Mindoro Occidental were quarantined after a 63-year-old woman died from a suspected case of meningococcemia last Wednesday (Sept. 5), the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) reported.
NDRRMC identified the fatality as Gloria Sumayang,of Lumangbayan village in Abra de Ilog town, who developed the signs and symptoms of upper respiratory tract infection and suffered fever for about a week and rashes one day prior to admission to hospital.
Initial differential diagnosis to consider was Kawasaki Disease but manifested high index of suspicion showed that the condition is meningococcal in nature.
The NDRRMC said the 30 families are now being observed by the Municipal Health Office.
Local health officials have started chemoprophylaxis, or the administering of medication to prevent infection, and are "continuously monitoring for any arising new cases," the NDRRMC said.
The disaster agency added that Sumayang was brought to the Abra de Ilog Community Hospital on Sept. 4, and was transferred to Occidental Mindoro Provincial Hospital. She died on Sept. 5.