A 54-year-old man from Bustos municipality, Bulacan province died from presumed meningococcemia on Monday, Oct. 28.

Five-day confinement at the San Lazaro Hospital in Manila, local health officials said.

Dr Lito Trinidad the head of the Baliwag District Hospital, stated the patient was first administered at the Bustos Community Hospital and was transferred to the Baliwag District Hospital on October 23.

The following day, the patient was transferred to the San Lazaro Hospital where lab tests reportedly showed that he contracted meningococcemia, a respiratory infection caused by the Neisseria meningitidis bacteria.

Dr. Trinidad said the suspected meningococcemia case should not be a cause for alarm among residents in the towns of Baliwag and Bustos.

Meningo causes brain damage and is fatal in 50 per cent of cases.

Although the patient’s relatives said he died of meningococcemia, Dr. Joy Gomez, head of Bulacan public health office, said she has to yet get a copy of the lab test results.

The medical facilities where the patient was treated had already been disinfected and were kept unused for 48 hours, Trinidad said.