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Infections, death toll continues to rise in multi-state fungal meningitis outbreak

Thirty more infections and two more deaths have been counted in the multi-state fungal meningitis outbreak caused by contaminated steroid shots commonly used to treat back pain. To date, 620 fungal infections have been reported, ranging from meningitis, stroke, paraspinal or spinal infections, and peripheral joint infections. The death toll has climbed to 39. All patients who have been infected received steroid shots made by New England Compounding Center (NECC). Around 18,000 of the contaminated shots were distributed to medical facilities in 23 states beginning in late May, and an estimated 14,000 people received injections before they were recalled in ... Read More

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

Number of infected still rising despite reaching end of assumed incubation period

Nine more people have developed fungal meningitis within the past 24 hours after receiving contaminated steroid shots manufactured at a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy, bringing the number of infected in the multistate outbreak to 386. Of those infected, 377 have been diagnosed with fungal meningitis, stroke due to presumed fungal meningitis, or other central nervous system-related infection; and nine have fungal infections in joints. Twenty-eight people have died. On September 26, 2012, New England Compounding Center issued a recall of three lots of preservative-free methylprednisolone acetate (MPA), a steroid commonly used to treat back or joint pain. Tests on the recalled ... Read More

Health experts draft treatment guidelines for fungal meningitis outbreak as number of cases climbs

Interim treatment guidelines for people exposed to potentially contaminated steroid products have been drafted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), state and local health departments, and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a way to help understand important clinical questions, such as optimal medications, dosage, and duration of treatment. The guidelines are for physicians, nurses, pharmacists, veterinarians, physician assistants and other clinicians. To date, the number of cases of fungal infections connected to the outbreak climbed to 328, and the death toll remained steady at 24. All the deaths and all but five of the infections ... Read More

Symptoms of fungal meningitis linked to outbreak can be mild or appear suddenly

News of infections and deaths linked to contaminated steroid shots commonly used to treat back pain put Walter Ward on edge. The 78-year-old Ocala, Fla., man had received an epidural steroid shot in August and worried he might be infected. His worry escalated when he received a letter from the Florida Department of Public Health saying he had received a shot from a suspect batch. His family, however, tried to put his mind at ease. He wasn’t experiencing any symptoms. But Monday night Walter developed a headache that got increasingly worse. “Maybe five minutes later he said, ‘I’m in trouble’ ... Read More

Number of fungal meningitis cases continues to climb, death toll holds steady at 23

The number of cases of fungal infections linked to contaminated steroid injections has climbed to 308, and the death toll holds at 23, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The total number of infections includes 304 cases of fungal meningitis, stroke due to presumed fungal meningitis, or other central nervous system-related infection meeting the outbreak case definition. The four other cases are peripheral joint infections (such as knee, hip, shoulder, elbow, etc.). No deaths have been associated with peripheral joint infections. Case definitions include any person who received a methylprednisolone acetate (MPA) injection, or a custom ... Read More