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Fungal Meningitis Outbreak Update

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Baisha Kreuzer5 years ago

A steroid shot used for back pain has been linked to an outbreak of fungal meningitis. Additional deaths have been reported and new spinal diseases are developing from the tainted medicine. 

Statistics from the CDC

  • 424 illnesses including 10 joint infections
  • 31 Deaths
  • The infection has spread in 19 states, including Texas. For a list of all the states, visit this website.

Woman Sues Contaminated Steroid Manufacturer

  • According to a report by, a woman suffering from fungal meningitis filed a lawsuit against New England Compounding Center (NECC), Ameridose LLC, and Medical Sales Management.
  • The suit states that around the time the woman received the tainted steroidal injection, she suffered from high fever, severe headaches, nausea, and sensitivity to light.
  • The woman received her injections at least 10 months before NECC recalled their product. Multiple cases have gone under-diagnosed.
  • WHPTV reported that the suit alleges that lack of safety standards by NECC caused the contamination.
42-Day Risk Period Has Passed

ABC News reported that a 42-day risk period for contracting fungal meningitis has ended, but the outbreak is still evolving. Originally, the CDC publicized the 42-day number to help physicians decide if they should put patients on an anti-fungal medication, which also runs the risk of damaging the liver and kidneys. Although the risk period has come to an end, new reports of infections are still expected over the next couple months. In some cases, the fungal infection's incubation period can longer than 100 days.

New Risk of Spinal Diseases
  • According to WebMD, at least one-third of people who contracted fungal meningitis are later developing spinal infections.
  • Some people are experiencing epidural abscesses, which are pouches of fungus in the spine. Others are experiencing arachnoiditis, a more serious infection. Both infections can be fatal.
  • Many of these infections are in individuals who are recovering from fungal meningitis. And some of these infections are the first sign of problems in people who received the tainted injections.
  • Treatment of epidural abscesses usually means draining pus and removing dead tissue by surgery, followed by months of treatment with antifungal drugs.
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