2 die from meningococcemia, diarrhea outbreak in Albay

LEGAZPI CITY — A woman died from diarrhea Tuesday, while an 11-year-old child succumbed to meningococcemia on Monday both in Pioduran, Albay.

Meanwhile, close to 100 people were hospitalized due to a diarrhea outbreak that was traced to unsafe drinking water.

Reported to have died due to diarrhea was Criselda Imperial Atuli of Badian village, Pioduran town while her two children are still confined at Pioduran District Hospital.

The outbreak is not, however, contained in Pioduran but is also affecting the municipalities of Oas and Libon.

Oas Mayor Domingo Escoto is seeking assistance from the provincial government to contain the outbreak affecting far-flung villages of his town.

Escoto personally visited the patients afflicted with diarrhea on Tuesday and told the residents of Cagmanaba and nearby villages to stop drinking water from deep wells. He added that the municipal government would start providing water to the affected barangays.

“We will provide drinking water to affected areas and other medical assistance. We need also the intervention and assistance of the provincial government to assist us because the incident is widespread and blown out of proportion,” he said.

On the other hand, the meningococcemia victim, an 11-year-old pupil from Barangay Caratagan, Pioduran was buried immediately even without the presence of his parents to contain the virus, according to board member Pem Arandia of Albay’s 3rd district.

The parents of the child, according to Arandia, were in Metro Manila.

Contact tracing is being done by health authorities to provide necessary medicine.

Meningococcemia is an infection caused by the Neisseria meningitidis bacteria, the same type of bacteria that can cause meningitis. Rhaydz Barcia/PNA-northboundasia.com