Meningitis patient still missing

2011-12-22 22:46

Pretoria - There is still no sign of the man with highly contagious meningococcal meningitis who absconded from Mamelodi Hospital outside Pretoria, the Gauteng health department said on Thursday.

Health authorities and police are looking for Dave Danneth, 26, of Phomolong extension six, Mamelodi East, spokesperson Simon Zwane said in a statement.

Danneth absconded from the hospital after being diagnosed earlier this month.

Meningococcal meningitis is contagious. According to the World Health Organisation it can cause severe brain damage and deaths in 50% of cases if left untreated.

It is transmitted through droplets of respiratory or throat secretions, as well as close or prolonged contact such as kissing, sneezing, and coughing on someone. Symptoms include severe headache, fever, vomiting, irritability, reduced consciousness and rashes on the body.

People were warned to avoid contact with anyone suspected of having meningitis. Zwane strongly advised anyone who did so, to wash themselves immediately afterward.

"Those who experience these symptoms or have been in contact with people with meningitis should immediately present themselves at a health facility where they will be examined and given necessary medication," Zwane said.

  • TamaraSays - 2011-12-22 23:29

    What an IDIOT! If you have a serious disease, and you're getting treated, STAY IN HOSPITAL. On the other hand, he may just be a candidate for a Darwin Award.

  • nikki.bodenstein - 2011-12-23 06:20

    No hope!

  • Chervonne - 2011-12-23 08:39

    Hospital should of isolated him really now the whole of Pretoria and Gauteng must watch out for that guy really he absconded did they not know that he needs to be monitored i think the hospital is to blame and the fool that ran away

  • mshokoane - 2011-12-23 09:30

    What the hell did he think? He is supposed to be in hospital for God sake.

  • Lucky - 2011-12-23 14:22

    May be his brain is already affected. Act fast!

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