They secure a hospital in Durango for cases of aseptic meningitis

The facilities of Park Hospitalas well as documents and medicines, were seized by authorities of Durango, after more than a dozen cases of aseptic meningitis in women who received medical treatment in private hospitals in the entity.

A Control Judge granted the search warrant requested by State Attorney General’s Office (FGE)which was carried out this Friday at dawn by elements of the agency, in conjunction with the Secretary of Health of Durango (SSD), through the COPRISEDand with the accompaniment of personnel from the State Human Rights Commission (CEDH).

This derived from five research folders for complaints filed with the FGE by the women who underwent surgery at the site and presented the disease.

The insurance of the hospital will remain in effect for the time necessary to carry out the corresponding inquiries.

Last Tuesday, the Durango Government Health Services confirmed 7 cases of aseptic meningitis, occurring among women who received medical treatment in private hospitals. Three of them were reported stable and three serious, while one died.

The women were treated at General Hospital 450 from the capital, after an epidemiological monitoring and surveillance protocol was activated.

Meningitis is an inflammation of the fluid and membranes (meninges) that surround the brain and spinal cord, and whose symptoms include headache, fever and stiff neck, says the Mayo Clinic page.

The SSD assured that this type of aseptic meningitis is not caused by any microorganism, and explained that all cases were reported in young women of reproductive age with a history of gynecological and obstetric surgeries or procedures, mostly cesarean sections, performed between May and these dates.

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He stressed that it is not a problem of hygiene in the instrumental operating rooms or contagions, since in the sampling of the places the cultures were negative for bacteria or microorganisms.

The head of the agency, Irasema Kondo Padilla, announced this Thursday that several batches of drugs were seized lock for gynecological-obstetric surgeries, mainly considering that its contamination could be the cause of the cases, which amounted to at least 10.

Due to the identification of these batches, it was warned about their use in the Mexico City and Jalisco, while the Federal Commission for the Protection against Sanitary Risks (Cofepris), the National Center for Disease Control and Prevention Programs (dinnerprece) and the General Directorate of Epidemiology made visits and verifications in different hospitals in Durango to investigate the situation.

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