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CDC:197 people ill with meningitis-15 dead

 
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CDC:197 people ill with meningitis-15 dead
Updated: Sunday, 07 Oct 2012, 1:33 PM CDT
...The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention posted updated figures to its website Sunday. The death toll stood at 7, the same number as a day earlier. The outbreak is spread across nine states, the same states reported Saturday: Florida, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee and Virginia.

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Multi-State Meningitis Outbreak - Current Case Count

October 7, 2012 2:00 PM EDT
Persons with Meningitis Linked to Epidural Steroid Injections, by State

Total case count: 91
Florida: 4 cases
Indiana: 8 cases
Maryland: 3 cases, including 1 death
Michigan: 20 cases, including 2 deaths
Minnesota: 3 case
North Carolina: 2 cases
Ohio: 1 case
Tennessee: 32 cases, including 3 deaths
Virginia: 18 cases, including 1 death

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The steroid linked to the outbreak has been recalled, and health officials have been scrambling to notify anyone who may have received an injection of it. The Massachusetts pharmacy that made it has said it is cooperating with investigators.
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If you didn't get the shot, you have very little to worry about.

How the steroid got contaminated is going to be interesting.

This cannot be spread human to human, and isn't a cause for panic.

There are worse things out there waiting...

Trust me, you ain't seen nothing yet.
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The number of people infected with a rare type of meningitis tied to contaminated steroid injections has climbed to 105, federal health officials said Monday. Eight people have died.
The drugs were given starting May 21, much earlier than previously suspected, officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. Infections and deaths have been reported in nine states.
Cases have been identified in nine states and health officials fear the numbers will continue to rise as doctors check patients for the symptoms. Doctors and patients alike may not know to look for the unusual infection, which can take weeks to develop after an injection....
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tv says cdc says up to 13,000 may be infected with menigitis and expect cases up to late nov. on fox
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By SYDNEY LUPKIN and KATIE MOISSE (@katiemoisse)
Oct. 8, 2012
Health officials estimate that 13,000 people may have been exposed to contaminated lots of an epidural steroid that has been linked to a rare fungal meningitis that has infected 105 people across nine states, killing eight of them. Fourteen new cases and one new death have been reported since yesterday.

Although the number of cases has increased, the outbreak does not include any new states. The number of people with fungal meningitis, which is not spread person-to-person, has grown by 64 percent since Friday....
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tv says cdc says up to 13,000 may be infected with menigitis and expect cases up to late nov. on fox
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That's a high number with a high infection rate. Could get ugly fast.

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Captain Tripps alone
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This is an official
CDC HEALTH ADVISORY


Distributed via Health Alert Network
October 8, 2012, 13:10 ET (1:10 PM ET)
CDCHAN-00328-2012-10-08-ADV-N

Update: Multistate Outbreak of Meningitis and Stroke Associated with Potentially Contaminated Steroid Medication


Summary
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) continue to work closely with state public health departments on a multistate investigation of fungal meningitis among patients who received an epidural steroid injection. Some of these patients also suffered strokes that may have resulted from their infection. These cases are associated with a potentially contaminated steroid medication prepared by New England Compounding Center (NECC), located in Framingham, Mass. This HAN notice provides updated information about the investigation (including a change in the case definition*), laboratory findings, an expanded voluntary recall of products, and recommendations for clinicians


Background
CDC, in collaboration with FDA, state public health departments, and state boards of pharmacy, has been investigating an ongoing outbreak of meningitis associated with a potentially contaminated steroid medication, preservative-free methylprednisolone acetate (80mg/ml) prepared by New England Compounding Center, located in Framingham, Mass. CDC and state public health departments are actively coordinating outreach to patients who have been exposed to this potentially contaminated medication.
As of October 8, 2012, a total of 105 cases, including 8 deaths, have been reported in 9 states: Florida (4 cases), Indiana (11 cases), Maryland (5 cases, including 1 death), Michigan (21 cases, including 2 deaths), Minnesota (3 cases), North Carolina (2 cases), Ohio (1 case), Tennessee (35 cases, including 4 deaths), and Virginia (23 cases, including 1 death). Fungus has been identified in specimens obtained from at least nine patients, one of whom also had Propionibacterium acnes, of unclear clinical significance, isolated from a post-mortem central nervous system specimen. In addition to an Aspergillus spp. isolated from a Tennessee patient, the fungus Exserohilum rostratum was identified in other patients, indicating the possibility of infections caused by multiple organisms. Fungal meningitis is not transmitted from person to person.
The clinical presentation of infected patients remains consistent with the prior report: onset of symptoms is typically 1 to 4 weeks following injection with a variety of symptoms, including fever, new or worsening headache, nausea, and new neurological deficit (consistent with deep brain stroke). Some of these patients’ symptoms were very mild in nature. Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) obtained from these patients has typically shown elevated white cell count (with a predominance of neutrophils), low glucose, and elevated protein. As of October 8, no infections resulting from injection into a peripheral joint space have been reported.


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They deserve this, they're just a bunch of gym freaks who wanted to become big without hard working on it. Steroids are for the weak.
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They deserve this, they're just a bunch of gym freaks who wanted to become big without hard working on it. Steroids are for the weak.
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It was injections for pain control. Different kind of steroids. afro
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Ninth person reported killed in meningitis outbreak
October 8, 2012, 11:44 PM


Those injected in joints are not believed to be at risk for fungal meningitis, said Curtis Allen, a spokesman for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He said there was no breakdown available of how many had the shots in the back or in joints... [link to www.cbsnews.com]
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Wouldn't a shot in the rear end with the contaminated drug infect someone the same way? If not then pleas explain why, as I had one a week ago for the first time for some extreme back pain I'd been having for a month and anti inflammatory script nor muscle relaxant script was helping at all.
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numbers continue to grow. 119 people ill -- 11 have died
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This was apparently was shipped all over the country but only those unfortunate souls in the Eastern half have gotten sick.......if in the event that this could be bioterrorism hopefully the Intelligence services are looking closely at all employees and other persons that could have entered sensitive areas in the plant.....remember the anthrax attacks ....
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Wouldn't a shot in the rear end with the contaminated drug infect someone the same way? If not then pleas explain why, as I had one a week ago for the first time for some extreme back pain I'd been having for a month and anti inflammatory script nor muscle relaxant script was helping at all.
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When injected into the back the drug can travel freely in the fluid that surrounds the spinal cord and brain..........hopefully you will be OK:)
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They deserve this, they're just a bunch of gym freaks who wanted to become big without hard working on it. Steroids are for the weak.
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WOW!!! Are you ever a REAL DUMBASS!!!! The steroid injection,
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The injection they got was given to them by their dr. And at oain management hospitals for severe pain!!!! They are called trigger point injections and they are given steroids to help manage SEVERE PAIN YOU DUMBASS!!!!!! Really??? Are ppl THIS fucking RETARTED???!!!! God help us! If u dont know what the conversation is about DONT COMMENT U FUCKTARD!!!
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CNN) -- A rare, noncontagious form of meningitis has claimed 11 lives and sickened 119 people, an increase from the eight deaths and 105 illnesses previously reported,..

The number of reported cases grew significantly in recent days as federal and state authorities continued to investigate the outbreak.
Tennessee is the hardest-hit state, with 35 infections and four deaths, according to the CDC.

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The injection they got was given to them by their dr. And at oain management hospitals for severe pain!!!! They are called trigger point injections and they are given steroids to help manage SEVERE PAIN YOU DUMBASS!!!!!! Really??? Are ppl THIS fucking RETARTED???!!!! God help us! If u dont know what the conversation is about DONT COMMENT U FUCKTARD!!!
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I have severe trigger points and an ex dr tried to talk me into getting them. I am so glad I just suffered the pain and refused. Never liked the idea. I know have found a wonderful massage therapist that helps me. It is painful to go through the trigger point therapy but worth it in the end. I feel so bad for all the people that were just trying to get out of pain and now are sick or dead. Horrible
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We have 5 cases in Ky but they are counted as in Tennessee because they drove to the medical center there for the injections.A lot of doctors especially in the southern part of the state will send patients to Tennessee.

This may be a lot worse then we think.

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State Case Count Deaths
Florida (FL) 4 ---
Indiana (IN) 12 ---
Maryland (MD) 8 --- 1
Michigan (MI) 25 --- 3
Minnesota (MN) 3 ---
New Jersey (NJ) 1 ---
North Carolina (NC 2--
Ohio (OH) 1 ---
Tennessee (TN) 39 --- 6
Virginia (VA) 24 --- 1
TOTALS 119 11---
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List of the clinics that received the contaminated steroids.

Map of Healthcare Facilities which Received Three Lots* of Methylprednisolone Acetate (PF) Recalled from New England Compounding Center on September 26, 2012

[link to www.cdc.gov]

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Meningitis outbreak: Incubation period is longer than first thought
New cases may show up through early November
2:51 AM, Oct 10, 2012


The incubation period for some patients who received tainted epidural steroid injections is longer than doctors initially realized, which means new cases of fungal meningitis may continue to appear through early November, state health officials said Tuesday.

And a recently identified fungus, exserohilum, is now indicated as the cause of nearly all of the fungal meningitis cases in Tennessee — a number that rose to 39, including six deaths, on Tuesday.

Based on analysis of Tennessee patients, a range for development of symptoms is six to 42 days — and “some experts believe vigilance for up to three months will be necessary,” Health Commissioner John Dreyzehner said.

That recommendation comes out of an “abundance of caution,” he said.

Previously, the incubation period had been estimated at two to 28 days. An initial case appeared to have a two-day incubation period, but that was misleading because the patient had multiple epidural injections and probably was infected before the most recent shot, Dreyzehner said.

To this point, the average time between epidurals and appearance of symptoms for Tennessee patients has been 16 days.

“We are investigating this carefully and will be keeping in touch with those patients who may be at risk for infection,” Dreyzehner said.

“Until we have evidence that the incubation period has passed, it’s important to understand the incubation period is an outer limit based on the best available science...

..Nationally, the number of epidural steroid reported deaths is 12 and the total meningitis cases climbed to 1211...

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12 deaths now linked to fungal meningitis; 137 cases
By NBCNews.com staff and wire
The outbreak of fungal meningitis linked to steroid shots for back pain has now claimed 12 people, with 137 confirmed cases, according to the latest numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Cases have been identified in 10 states: Florida, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee and Virginia.
The medication, made by a specialty pharmacy in Massachusetts, has been recalled. [link to vitals.nbcnews.com]
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Meningitis outbreak toll rises: 170 cases, 14 deaths
2:57PM EST October 11. 2012 -
The number of people infected with meningitis has risen for the fifth consecutive day since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention began releasing figures about the deadly outbreak.

Thursday, the CDC announced that 14 people have now died and that 170 people have been infected.

The newest victims died in Florida and Indiana, states which had already been listed as affected by the controversy.

In total, victims have died in six states: six in Tennessee, three in Michigan, two in Florida and one each in Maryland and Virginia.

Other states involved include Idaho, Minnesota, North Carolina, New Jersey and Ohio. [link to www.usatoday.com] CDC says 14,000 people at meningitis risk amid call for criminal probe

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DIE ROIDHEADS DIE!!!!!!!!!!!!
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CDC: Tests may not detect meningitis fungus
Cases rise to 170 in 11 states
UPDATED 5:22 PM EDT Oct 11, 2012


(CNN) —
Patients whose fungal tests are negative may still be at risk in a meningitis outbreak, as the fungus involved can be difficult to detect, federal health officials said Thursday.
Cases of the non-contagious fungal meningitis rose to 170 in 11 states as of Thursday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. Fourteen people have died...
..In addition, symptoms from Exserohilum can take a long time to develop. Patients who received the injections should remain vigilant for "at least several months after injection," Weber said.
The average period in which infections are seen is about two weeks, with the longest being 42 days, officials said. However, the longest period a patient may go before developing the disease is not known.

Curing the infection requires a long course of treatment. The CDC is recommending two anti-fungal drugs, which are very strong and can be difficult for patients to tolerate, Weber said.

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CDC reports meningitis death rises to 14 and 14,000 may have been exposed as demands rise for criminal probe

The officials said the company at the center of the outbreak, the Massachusetts New England Compounding Center, appeared to have violated its license by producing large quantities of drugs rather than prescriptions for individual patients, as calls grew for a criminal probe.

'This organization chose to apparently violate the licensing requirements under which they were allowed to operate,' said Dr. Madeleine Biondolillo, director of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health's Bureau of Health Care Safety and Quality.

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..NECC shipped approximately 17,000 vials of the drug to about 75 health care facilities in 23 states, beginning around May 21. About 14,000 people received injections of the drug produced by NECC, mostly to treat back pain. The CDC has determined that more than 50 vials of the steroid were contaminated by a fungus usually found in leaf mold, and more tests are underway.
Meningitis, an inflammation of the protective membranes covering the brain and spinal cord, is often fatal. Unlike meningitis caused by an infection from bacteria or a virus, the fungal form is not contagious. According to the CDC, the incubation period for fungal meningitis is usually between one and four weeks. However, the CDC says infections have been known to take hold outside of that time period.
Those who received the injections and have not yet contracted the disease must now play a harrowing waiting game. Health authorities have advised anyone who received injections of the drug to be on the lookout for signs of infection, including headache, fever, nausea, neck stiffness, confusion, dizziness and sensitivity to light. Treatment involves months-long courses of high-dose antifungal medications, usually administered intravenously in a hospital setting.
The meningitis outbreak has focused atte..

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