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WHO On Decline of Meningococcemia-like Cases In Baguio

Recombinomics Commentary
January 17, 2005

>> Luningning Villa, spokesman for the DOH meningococcemia command post, told the radio dzMM that despite the decrease, the meningococcemia alert will remain in effect until the end of the week.

    "The situation is improving since we had nine suspected and confirmed cases from Jan. 1 to Jan. 7 to only one suspected case from Jan. 15 to Jan. 18," she said.

    The DOH will issue a new advisory depending on the assessment of the mengingococcemia (sic) situation by Monday, she added.

    The DOH earlier issued a travel advisory to Baguio travelers in light of the spread of the meningococcemia.<<

The number of cases of meningo or meningo-like cases by WHO was 33 for Baguio City.  However, almost twice that number was described in media reports, and the total meningo and meningo-like cases for the Philippines was reported at well above 100.

The 25 meningio-like cases reported by WHO had a case fatality rate of 68%, the same rate as bird flu in Vietnam and Thailand last season.  Identification of the primary would be useful.  There still have been no reports on testing for H5N1 avian influenza.

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