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Medical bills mount for victims of fungal meningitis outbreak

Amarjit Deol, 61, sorts through a pile of medical bills, which has been growing since she returned home from a seven-week stay at Saint Thomas Hospital where she was treated for a rare fungal meningitis. On top of more than $66,000 in hospital and doctors’ bills, she also owes for an MRI that her doctors ordered to determine if she had a lingering spinal infection from the tainted steroid shot that made her so sick. Medicare says it will not pay for the test because she has exceeded her limit on those services. Deol is one of more than 700 ... Read More

CDC issues health alert about spinal, paraspinal infections from tainted steroid shots

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is recommending that health care professionals consider obtaining an MRI with contrast of the injection site in patients who received steroid shots from recalled lots tied to the deadly multistate fungal meningitis outbreak who also have persistent pain – even if it is consistent with pain they were experiencing before receiving the shots. The reason, the CDC said in a health alert issued this week, is that the patient may be suffering from spinal or paraspinal infections that are subtle and difficult to distinguish from the patient’s baseline chronic pain. The recommendation ... Read More

CDC reports more infections, deaths from multistate fungal infection outbreak

Nearly 600 people have become infected by a fungus from contaminated steroid shots made by a compounding pharmacy, and 37 have died, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC has been updating the number of people infected on a weekly basis, and is reporting 49 new cases of infection and one additional death since last Monday. Everyone infected received at least one injection from thee lots of a preservative-free methylprednisolone acetate (MPA), a steroid shot that is commonly injected into the spinal cord to relieve back or neck pain, or into joints such as the ... Read More