Emergency Admission of Infant with Meningococcal Purpura Fulminans in Ajaccio: Important Information and Updates

2024-04-20 11:02:15

After the emergency admission of a infants at the hospital center inAjacciothen his transfer by medical flight to Marseille for a case of meningococcal purpura fulminans Friday 19 April ARS indicates that the child’s state of health is “slightly better”this Saturday, April 20.

The lightning purple is a generalized infection, caused by the bacteria meningococci. It causes a rapid deterioration of health and the appearance of red or purple spots. It is a vital emergency.

In total, sixty contacts, including 31 children, were identified by ARS in the child’s entourage, especially in the nursery where he was taken care of, a business in the town of Olmeto (Corsica). This Saturday, ARS provides Corse-Matin that all contact cases arrived yesterday, Friday 19 April, or comes in handy this Saturday 20 April from a “prophylactic treatment with antibiotics”WHO “gives us the opportunity to prevent the occurrence of severe forms, cut the transmission chains and thus limit the risk of epidemics.”

ARS also reminds you of what to do in the event of symptoms: First of all, absolutely call on the 15th. “Do not go to the emergency room or a pharmacy without first being contacted by a doctor or nurse from ARS”.

The symptoms are:

  • severe headache (headache), accompanied by fever
  • sensitivity to light (photophobia);
  • neck stiffness, pain and fatigue;
  • red or purple subcutaneous spots (purpura) on the body

While this Monday 22 April marks the start of vaccination week, ARS reminds that the vaccine against meningococcal C meningitis is mandatory and that vaccination against meningococcal B meningitis is strongly recommended.

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