Durango reports two more deaths from meningitis; one occurred in Torreón

The Durango Health Secretariat reported two more deaths due to aseptic meningitis due to fungus, one of which was reported at the High Specialty Medical Unit (UMAE) No. 71 of the Mexican Social Security Institute (IMSS) in Torreón.

The second death was reported at the ISSSTE General Hospital “Dr. Santiago Ramón y Cajal” in the city of Durango.

Both deaths correspond to women with a history of gynecologic and obstetric procedures performed in private hospitals.

In this health contingency that Durango is experiencing, there are already 12 registered deaths. There are 11 women and one man.

As of November 24, the state has a cumulative 62 confirmed cases of meningitis, all identified in the state capital. A few days ago, the state health agency announced that there were two female patients residing in the capital and that by decision of their family they were transferred for medical attention to the IMSS in Torreón.

Through a statement issued this afternoon, the Ministry of Health detailed medical specialists from public institutions, the Ministry of Health, IMSS and ISSSTE, in collaboration with authorities at the federal and state levels continue to add efforts in medical care, setting a precedent in the scientific and medical world in the face of this condition that prior to the emergency there was no literature.

The unit headed by Irasema Kondo Padilla reported that there is comprehensive support and supplies for the care of affected people and their families, through the Social Work and Mental Health areas. “The commitment to continue working for the health of our patients and strengthening prevention exercises in the event of a possible picture of meningitis is reiterated,” the press release said.


As a result of the epidemiological surveillance carried out by the Coahuila Ministry of Health, this Thursday some details were released about the maternal death in late puerperium that occurred in the High Specialty Medical Unit (UMAE) No. 71 in Torreón. She is a 31-year-old patient, a resident of the state of Durango and diagnosed with probable meningitis and cerebral edema.

The Secretary of Health of Coahuila, Roberto Bernal Gómez reported that growth of Fusarium fungus was found in the patient in the cerebrospinal fluid culture.

The official clarified that no cases of this type have been reported in this entity and that, as a precautionary measure, it was decided to withdraw the drug Bupivacaine. He also pointed out that the lots that were detected in Durango do not exist in Coahuila. According to Cofepris, these are batches B22M142 and B22E872 Heavy Bupivacaine and B22A263 and BB20J500 Bupivacaine.

Bernal Gómez pointed out that the Ministry of Health maintains constant communication with authorities from the neighboring state and the Federation to maintain strict epidemiological surveillance.

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