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First case of fungal meningitis related to multistate outbreak reported in SC

The first case of fungal meningitis in the state of South Carolina has been reported. Although this is the first case in South Carolina it brings the total number of cases to 317 and 24 deaths. Around 14,000 people in 23 states have been exposed to the contaminated vials of methylprednisolone acetate that were distributed by the New England Compounding Center in Framingham, Massachusetts. The company has recalled all of its products and has stopped production while under investigation.

Patients who were given steroids injections for pain from May 21 to September 26, 2012 could be at risk for fungal meningitis. Patients who received the injections in other areas of the body like their joints, knees and shoulders are also at risk. Those patients who received the tainted shots have been notified and were asked to seek help immediately.

Symptoms include fever, headache, nausea and vomiting, stiff neck, swelling and pain at the injection site, weakness and numbness. Patients with fungal meningitis are being treated with antifungal medications and cannot pass it from person to person.

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