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5 dead after outbreak of fungal meningitis tied to injections, UPDATE, 140 Texans
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[quote:Anonymous Coward 25007691:MV8yMDA1ODk5XzMzNzU1NDIxX0JFRTc2MTEx] The potential scope of the meningitis outbreak that has killed at least five people widened dramatically Thursday as health officials warned that hundreds, perhaps thousands, of patients who got steroid back injections in 23 states could be at risk. So far, [u]35 people in six states[/u] — Tennessee, Virginia, Maryland, Florida, North Carolina and Indiana — have contracted fungal meningitis, and five of them have died, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. All had received steroid shots for back pain, a highly common treatment. In an alarming indication the outbreak could get a lot bigger, Massachusetts health officials said the pharmacy involved, the New England Compounding Center of Framingham, Mass., has recalled three lots consisting of a total of 17,676 single-dose vials of the steroid, preservative-free methylprednisolone acetate. [u] An unknown number of those vials reached 75 clinics and other facilities in 23 states between July and September[/u], federal health officials said. Several hundred of the vials, maybe more, have been returned unused, one Massachusetts official said. But many other vials were used. At one clinic in Evansville, Ind., [u][b]more than 500 patients got shots from the suspect lots[/b][/u], officials said. At two clinics in Tennessee, more than 900 patients — perhaps many more — did. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/49297153/?ocid=ansmsnbc11#.UG7osFGwX78 [/quote]
A dozen people have been sickened and two have died after an outbreak of fungal meningitis tied to injections given at outpatient surgical centers in Tennessee and North Carolina, health officials said. At least 737 people who received lumbar epidural steroid injections between July 30 and Sept. 20 have been notified of the cluster of rare aspergillus meningitis infections
link to hisz.rsoe.hu
So far, five people have died in this outbreak. Thirty are ill.
Kentucky, right now, is lucky enough not to have any cases in the state. But from what WKYT is learning, the company that made the medications is licensed in all 50 states. There is a possibility we could soon find out about more infections.
link to www.wkyt.com
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