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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:MV8yMDA1ODk5XzMzNzU4NzA4XzUyMUREQjM=] http://www.cdc.gov/HAI/outbreaks/meningitis.html snipped; Is fungal meningitis common after epidural injections? Epidural injections are generally very safe procedures, and complications are rare. Fungal meningitis is an extremely rare cause of meningitis overall, including after epidural injections. The type of epidural medication given to patients affected by this outbreak is not the same type of medication as that given to women during childbirth. What are the symptoms of fungal meningitis? Symptoms of fungal meningitis are similar to symptoms of other forms of meningitis, [b]however they often appear more gradually and can be very mild at first.[/b] In addition to typical meningitis symptoms, like headache, fever, nausea, and stiffness of the neck, people with fungal meningitis may also experience confusion, dizziness, and discomfort from bright lights. Patients might just have one or two of these symptoms. _____________________________________________ IMO epidural steriod injections only and I would call regardless due to the gradual appearance of symptoms. :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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