The City Health Office is closely monitoring 3 barangays where suspected cases of diphtheria, an infectious and fatal disease caused by bacteria, have been reported.
City Health Officer Dr. Rodel Agbulos said a two-year old boy from Cawit, admitted due to signs and symptoms of diphtheria, succumbed Wednesday. The boy’s two other brothers are also admitted due to similar symptoms.
Agbulos said a similar case is reported in Mampang and Recodo. Results of tests conducted on the different cases have been submitted to the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine for confirmation.
The two-year old boy was admitted in the hospital due to fever and sore throat but succumbed after several days. His attending physicians ruled that all signs and symptoms point to diphtheria.
Agbulos said issued an urgent call to all parents particularly those from Cawit, Recodo and Mampang to submit their children for DPT vaccination in nearest health centers or government hospitals.
DPT is a combination of vaccines against 3 infectious diseases in humans: diphtheria, pertusiss (whooping cough) and tetanus (DPT).
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), “diphtheria is an infectious disease caused by the bacterium Corynebacterium diphtheria, which primarily infects the throat and upper airways, and produces a toxin affecting other organs. The illness has an acute onset and the main characteristics are sore throat, low fever and swollen glands in the neck, and the toxin may, in severe cases, cause myocarditis or peripheral neuropathy.”
The diphtheria toxin causes a membrane of dead tissue to build up over the throat and tonsils, making breathing and swallowing difficult. The disease is spread through direct physical contact or from breathing in the aerosolized secretions from coughs or sneezes of infected individuals, according to WHO. (Sheila Covarrubias)
Last Updated on Thursday, 02 February 2017 07:54