Its not a new disease, it cause by a bacteria Niseria Meningitidis. Di lang masyado reported yung cases kasi sporadic(unpredictable) ang appearance nyan dito sa Pinas. I've seen several cases usually mga adults pa pagadting sa hosp it aleady too late. Mataas pa naman ang mortality(death)rate nyan dito sa atin kahit maaga na kita patient. Affected usually yung nga low socio-economic groups, kasi air-borne yan mabilis din kumalat sa mga crowded na lugar. It starts as a fever or flu like symptom with appearance of rashes. It's best to see you doctor early on.
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so what are early sympthoms of this desease? i am really concern coz i hav 2 small kids. ano yung dapat mong bantayan? may particular part ba ng katawan o lahat. parang tigdas ba? meron naman ako nadinig na parang pasa tapos pwedeng dumugo etc.. paki linaw lang doctors here. thanks.
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Mga Docs, post ko lang to ha...to give a full detail of the disease..ok lang?
Meningococcal septicemia; Meningococcal blood poisoning; Meningococcal bacteremia or bacterial in the blood
Meningococcemia is an acute (sudden onset) infection of the bloodstream and subsequent vasculitis (inflammation of the blood vessels) caused by the bacteria Neisseria meningitidis.
Causes, incidence, and risk factors
Neisseria meningitidis frequently lives in the upper respiratory tract with no evidence of illness. Some event is thought to trigger the onset of aggressive behavior of the organism and sporadic cases of meningococcemia and meningococcal meningitis appear.
Family members and those closely exposed to an infected individual are at increased risk. The infection occurs more frequently in winter and early spring. It is transmitted from person-to-person by respiratory droplets.
Symptoms may be very few at first, and can include: Fever Petechial (spotty red or purple) rash Irritability Appears anxious
Later symptoms and signs can include:
Appears acutely ill Changing level of consciousness Shock Large areas of hemorrhage and/or thrombosis under the skin
Signs and tests
CBC with differential Blood culture Gram stain of positive culture Skin biopsy and Gram stain Urinalysis Clotting studies (PT, PTT)
Treatment Patients are often admitted to the intensive care unit of the hospital. Intensive monitoring and treatment are needed.
Supportive measures for shock include: IV fluids Ventilatory support Medical support of blood pressure Medications include intravenous (IV) antibiotics to eliminate the infection, and high doses of corticosteroids for shock (must be given early). Clotting factors or platelet replacement may be needed if bleeding disorders develop.
Other treatments: Wound care for thrombosed (with blood clots) areas of skin Respiratory isolation for first 24 hours, to avoid spread to other patients
Early treatment results in a good outcome. When shock develops, the outcome is more guarded. Profound shock, DIC (a severe bleeding disorder), and adrenal collapse all predispose the patient to a poor prognosis with possibility of a death. Patients without meningitis tend to have a poorer prognosis.
Profound shock Limb loss secondary to clots (thrombosis) Irreversible shock Disseminated intravascular coagulopathy (DIC) Waterhouse-Friderichsen syndrome Arthritis Cutaneous vasculitis (inflammation of blood vessels in the skin) Pericarditis
Calling your health care provider
Call your health care provider immediately or go to the emergency room if your child has symptoms suggestive of meningococcemia.
Prophylaxis (preventive antibiotics) for family members and contacts are often recommended. Speak with you health care provider about this option.
A vaccine that covers some but not all strains of meningococcus is available and has been suggested for use by college students. You should discuss the appopriate use of this vaccine with your health care provider.