The so-called “mysterious disease” in Pangasinan that is eating the flesh of its victims. The report interviewed two case studies from Villasis and Santa Barbara, whose skin were reported to be “decaying” Provincial health officer Dr. Anna Ma. Teresa De Guzman, the two cases reported, one from Sta. Barbara and another from Villasis, were but cases of common diseases and are both non-contagious. The doctor also clarified that the first patient from Santa Barbara was a leper who suffered from an adverse reaction from a drug meant to treat leprosy. Meanwhile, the second patient from Villasis is ailed with psoriasis. It is also said that the two cases were not that of the rare necrotizing fasciitis, a serious bacterial infection that spreads rapidly and destroys the body’s soft tissue, according to the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Now, the Philippine Department of Health (DOH) has stepped in to put an end to the uproar, labeling it an overblown hoax.
If it was a mysterious fleshing eating disease, then the first step to take is to quarantine. CDC, or what would be there to make sure the disease does not spread outside the infected area in Pangasinan. Since it was ""mysterious,"" you always assume that the disease is airborne. That's where the hazardous material suit come in. The journalist did not wear that at all. So, I figured it was either they know it is not airborne. Then, I thought, the disease can infect via touch, but I saw one of the relatives touching the wound with her own finger. So, I knew something was wrong with the story or some doctors were not following proper health responses to unknown diseases.Hoax or no hoax, the public needs to be informed to treat cuts, scrapes, and puncture wounds with clean water and soap immediately.