A woman died in Durango due to meningitis; added 30 deaths
After eight days without deaths from fungal meningitis, the Ministry of Health confirmed the death of a 33-year-old woman in the Durango entity this Sunday, January 8, for which there have already been 30 deaths from said disease, as well as 77 infections.
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The news was released through the daily report offered by the agency since May when the cases were known. At the conference it was reported that the woman was undergoing surgery at the Hospital del Parque in the city of Durango after have a cesarean section in December.
According to David Payán, in charge of the Victim Care Committee, he explained that the woman suffered from a stroke while she was admitted to Hospital 450, where she stayed for days and the diagnosis was stable; however, she did not support the operation and she passed away at the beginning of Sunday.
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Likewise, up to the last cut of information, it was reported that close to 600 citizens of the entity tests would have been carried out to confirm whether or not they were infected by the fungus that causes meningitis.
Despite the fact that the Ministry of Health (SSa), at the federal level, denied that there was a pandemic due to the disease, the question has arisen about what the disease is. In accordance with Mayo ClinicMeningitis is an inflammation of the fluid and membranes that surround the brain and the spinal cord. The swelling caused by this condition usually triggers a headache, fever, and a stiff neck.
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Most cases of meningitis areare caused by a viral infection, but bacterial, parasitic, and fungal infections are other possible causes. In some cases, meningitis gets better without treatment in a few weeks. Others can be life-threatening and require emergency antibiotic treatment.
Both the entity’s Secretary of Health and the Undersecretary of Health, Hugo López-Gatell Ramírez, pointed out that the outbreak of meningitis is not contagious.
“It is an outbreak of meningitis, we no longer call it aseptic, because throughout the investigation we already found the cause; we found an infectious agent, we found a microscopic fungus that it’s called fusarium solani which is the presumed cause of this meningitis”, reported López-Gatell on January 1.
Despite the request not to disturb the population, many of the cases have turned out to be dangerous. So much so that on December 8 it was announced that a seven-year-old boy was sent to the United States to continue his treatment. The minor named Santiago was transferred, after His parents decided that he should continue to be cared for in one of the US hospitals.
“The child was moved; He is an American citizen, so he moved at the request of his parents, they signed a voluntary discharge and the transfer to Texas City took place. Yesterday we were in a meeting with the treating doctors in the city of Texas and with the staff of the WHO Center for Disease Control to be in coordination”, declared Irasema Kondo, head of the Health unit.
Days before, on Monday, December 5, the infectologist Juan Carlos Tinoco revealed that the seven-year-old infant is the first case of meningitis in minors in Durango. Likewise, the specialist explained that, until this Thursday, the child received surveillance and medical care at the General Hospital 450located in the city of said entity.