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5 dead after outbreak of fungal meningitis tied to injections, UPDATE, 140 Texans
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[quote:Anonymous Coward 5141990:MV8yMDA1ODk5XzMzNzU3MTYyX0VGNDBGRkNG] [quote:Anonymous Coward 1443074:MV8yMDA1ODk5XzMzNzU3MDIwXzY0RTAzMUQw] All of these were epidural / spinal injections were they not? Please confirm, as I had an injection of steroids for back pain (non-epidural) on Monday. [/quote] snipped; Q: How were people infected? A: The prime suspect is the steroid shots. Federal officials said that a fungus was found inside one sealed vial of the steroid and other vials also appeared to be contaminated. Q: Where did the steroid come from? A: A specialty pharmacy, New England Compounding Center in Framingham, Mass., custom-made the steroid. The company has recalled nearly 17,700 vials. Shipments went to 75 clinics and other facilities in 23 states, but it isn't known how many vials may have been used. U.S. health officials urged doctors not to use any products from the company, which has shut down production. _____________________________________ I'd call if you have a question because everything I've read says it can take up to a month for full on illness to occur. :hf: [/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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