1st death due to Japanese encephalitis under probe

LINGAYEN, Pangasinan — The Provincial Health Office (PHO) is investigating the death of an eight-year-old girl from Sison town, who appeared to be the first death reported in Pangasinan as a result of Japanese Encephalitis.

The victim died while being treated at the Ilocos Training and Regional Medical Center (ITRMC) in San Fernando City, La Union where she was diagnosed as already having Stage 4 of Japanese Encephalitis, her mother said.

She said the girl was first brought to the emergency room of a hospital in Rosario, La Union Saturday morning and when doctors could not diagnose her ailment, they recommended that she be brought to the ITRCM.

She said they were not able to leave immediately as they had yet to settle their bill of P3,500 and were only released when the husband of her sister arrived and provided the guarantee.

The woman related that inside the vehicle, Lyra Mae’s pulse beat had stopped and so they had to bring her to the La Union Provincial Hospital in Agoo where doctors revived her, and also recommended that she be brought immediately to the ITRMC, where the girl eventually died.

She noticed her daughter Mae was not feeling well when she arrived home from school Wednesday last week. Despite this, she insisted on going to school the next day.

At noon Thursday, the girl went home complaining of fever and headache. She gave her medicine and her fever subsided.

A radio report said the victim vomited and was coughing intensely Saturday morning so she was brought by her mother to the hospital with the suspicion that her daughter was suffering from dengue.  PNA-northboundasia.com