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Fungal Meningitis Outbreak: 13,000 Tainted Shots

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Symptoms of Fungal Meningitis, Fungal Joint Infection continued...

If you suspect you may have received a dose of contaminated medicine, contact the health provider who gave it to you. Ask if the medication came from NECC. All NECC products carry the NECC logo.

Clinics that gave the suspect shots are contacting all patients to warn them to look out for symptoms. Symptoms may appear one to four weeks after getting a pain injection.

For patients who got spinal injections, early symptoms may be very mild. At first, most patients only feel a little worse than usual. For example, patients with back pain may feel slightly worse pain, or slightly more weakness.

The CDC warns patients who have had a spinal steroid shot since May 21, 2012, to call a doctor immediately if they have any of these symptoms:

  • New or worsening headache
  • Fever
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Stiff neck
  • New weakness or numbness in any part of your body
  • Slurred speech
  • Increased pain, redness, or swelling at your injection site

Treatment of fungal meningitis is complicated. Antifungal drugs must be given intravenously, every day. At least at first, patients should be treated in a hospital.

Treatment often lasts for several months, and can have serious side effects.

Meningitis Outbreak: State-by-State Case, Death Count

As of Oct. 9, the CDC reports deaths and cases in these states:

State

Case Count

Deaths

Florida

4

 

Indiana

12

 

Maryland

8

1

Michigan

25

3

Minnesota

3

 

New Jersey

1

 

North Carolina

2

 

Ohio

1

 

Tennessee

39

6

Virginia

24

1

TOTALS

119

11

 

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