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Fungal Meningitis Cases Leap to 105

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Ariadna Cossio5 years ago

A steroid used to relieve back pain has been linked to a growing meningitis scare in the United States. As of Monday, 105 people have been found to be infected; eight have died.

Steroids Recalled from New England Compounding Pharmacy

The recall on methylprednisolone acetate was announced in late September, and the Massachusetts based New England Compounding Center where the steroid was produced announced that distribution of all of its products would be temporarily halted as a precautionary measure. The steroid responsible for the outbreak was distributed to 23 states.

Fungal Meningitis Signs and Symptoms

Meningitis causes protective membranes around the brain and spinal cord to swell, which can have deadly consequences. Patients who have contracted meningitis from the contaminated steroid have mostly reported mild symptoms, including:

  • fever
  • light sensitivity
  • slurred speech
  • pain at injection site
  • stiff neck

Anyone who suspects they may have been infected should contact a health official immediately. Some patients have reported symptoms starting as much as four weeks after infection, so it is important to keep in mind that symptoms will not necessarily show up immediately. A full list of recalled products from the company, the New England Compounding Center, can be found on the FDA's website.

Contact an Experienced Product Liability Attorney

Thomas J. Henry are leaders in the area of drug and product liability litigation. Our Defective Drug and Products Division has extensive knowledge and resources in order to represent our clients efficiently and aggressively.

If you or someone you love contracted fungal meningitis after being injected with Methylprednisolone Acetate produced at New England Compounding Pharmacy, contact Thomas J. Henry immediately. We represent clients/victims all over the country. We are available 24/7, nights and weekends.


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