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CDC warns of new fungal infections related to contaminated steroid shots

Health departments across the country are once again contacting people who received steroid shots from contaminated lots that triggered a deadly multi-state fungal meningitis outbreak. This time they are asking patients to be on the lookout for signs of infection where they received the injections, or other unusual symptoms. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has warned that even patients who have dodged fungal infections in their joints, brains or spinal cords are still at risk of fungal infections. Patients who received the steroid shots are being asked to seek medical attention immediately if they experience any increased pain ... Read More

FDA warns of eye infections with drugs used in eye surgeries

More reports of eye infections caused by fungal endophthalmitis in patients who were treated with Brilliant Blue G (BBG) during eye surgery have prompted the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to issue a second warning in a month’s time about the drug. The agency is warning that eye infections were also reported in patients who were given injections of drug products containing triamcinolone during eye surgery. BBG is a stain used to assist surgeons in retinal surgery. A recall of BBG was issued last month. It is not approved for use in the United States, and health care personnel are ... Read More

FDA, CDC warn of illegal, fungus-contaminated eye surgery drug

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are warning eye doctors that a drug used in eye surgeries known as Brilliant Blue G (BBG) is illegal and has caused fungal endophthalmitis, or eye infections, in some patients. Both federal agencies, along with local and state public health agencies, are actively investigating these adverse events. The BBG was supplied by Franck’s Compounding Lab in Ocala, Florida. The company issued a recall on March 9, 2012, of all lots of Brilliant Blue G and issued a recall letter. The drug is not approved for ... Read More

1 death, 76 illnesses in 26 states linked to ground turkey

One death and 76 illnesses in 26 states have been linked to an antibiotic-resistant strain of Salmonella in ground turkey, according to an announcement by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The Salmonella Heidelberg infections were reported between March 1 and August 1, 2011. Salmonella Heidelberg is a bacterium that can cause infection when contaminated food or drinks are consumed. Those infected with the bacterium generally experience nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal discomfort. Treatment is dependent on the severity of the symptoms, the age of the patient, and other conditions the patient may have, such as diabetes. Salmonella ... Read More

CDC warns consumers to heat cold cuts before eating them

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is urging people to heat their cold cuts before eating them or risk getting sick. The lunch meats are more apt to carry Listeria, a food-borne illness that can cause vomiting and diarrhea, and can be deadly for some. Listeria is a bacterium that is carried by animals and can contaminate foods of animal origin such as meats and diary products. When listeria gets into a food-processing factory, it can live for years and contaminate food products. The bacterium has been found in a variety of raw foods such as uncooked meats ... Read More

MMRV vaccine linked to serious skin reaction known as SJS

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has issued a warning about the childhood MMRV vaccine for measles-mumps-rubella-chickenpox, saying it may cause the painful and life-threatening allergic reaction known as Stevens Johnson Syndrome (SJS) as well as other serious reactions. ProQuad is the trade name for the MMRV vaccine produced by Merck Pharmaceuticals. It is typically given to children between 1 and 2 years of age. Children in this age group are usually given the MMRV or the three-in-one MMR (measles-mumps-rubella) plus the chickenpox vaccine. The MMRV vaccine made headlines recently because it has been associated with a higher incidence of ... Read More