Twenty children treated after the death of a doctor in Bastia: controversy swells

On Monday, December 10th, a pediatrician died of a flashy meningitis at the hospital of Bastia Falconaja, in Corsica. The care of children who have been in contact with him is controversial.

Following the death of a pediatrician suffering from meningitis, the care of babies who have been in contact with him is strongly criticized. "The hospital staff was properly cared for, but I found that they were very relaxing with the children, and the families were called in the late afternoon a pharmacy treatment and for one case, it was necessary to buy directly at the plant.I do not understand that they were let out of the establishment, newborns without their parents being informed of the situation It's a breach of patient rights ", indignantly Corsica Morning Josette Risterucci, President of the Regional Health Conference. Furious, she does not exclude to file a complaint against the ARS and the hospital of Bastia.

On Monday, December 10th, a pediatrician died of a flashy meningitis at the hospital of Bastia Falconaja, in Corsica. "A case of invasive group B meningococcal disease was reported to the Regional Health Agency of Corsica Tuesday, December 11, 2018. The patient, a health professional who was performing a replacement at the hospital in Bastia, unfortunately died" , says the Regional Agency of Health.

The contacted and treated entourage

The unfortunate doctor often made replacements at the Bastia hospital. He was about 40 years old and was going to be a resident when he had to be taken care of in the hospital emergency room. To avoid any contamination, the ARS contacted and took care of people who had been in prolonged contact with him. "All the staff, the patients and their entourage who have been in close contact with this practitioner have been identified and contacted individually to recommend that they take appropriate prophylaxis," the statement said.

The director of the hospital center considers that he has followed all the procedures in force in such circumstances: "we did the right thing concerning the hospital staff who were taken care of as soon as we had the confirmation that it was A case of meningitis We established the list of patients with whom the doctor had been in contact and it was the ARS who then called the families who have all received appropriate treatment.
The germ that the deceased doctor was carrying is "very fragile", the health agency indicates that there is no need to be alarmist. "The meningococcus is a very fragile germ that does not survive in the external environment.Transmission is mainly by oropharyngeal secretions (cough, postilion ...) in close contacts and prolonged face to face with the person carrying the bacterium ", says one. As this is a solitary case of meningococcal meningitis group B, there is no recommendation for vaccination. No other measure is necessary: ​​no disinfection of the premises, nor school or professional eviction of the subjects having rubbed shoulders with the patient.

Headache and stiff neck

Meningococcus is manifested by fever, headache, stiffness in the neck with vomiting and discomfort with light. 546 cases were notified in France in 2017, responsible for 62 deaths. In fact, it is a rare infection.
About 70% of bacterial meningitis cases occur in infancy, before the age of 5 years. The infection "purpura fulminans" (the most aggressive form of meningitis) occurs in 30% of cases of meningococcal meningitis. In 60% of cases, the patient has no sequelae, but 20% of them suffer deafness, blindness, paralysis, or fall into a coma. For the remaining 20%, meningitis is a deadly disease, not least because the diagnosis of meningitis is often delayed because of unnecessary brain tests performed before the lumbar puncture.

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