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Fungal meningitis risk greatest first six weeks after shots, CDC says

The Center for Disease Control and Protection has reported that patients are at a higher risk for fungal meningitis six weeks, 42 days, after the injection. After that, the risk of fungal meningitis decreases, but patients should still be cautious if they have symptoms. Fungal meningitis is currently being linked to contaminated vials of methylprednisolone acetate, steroids for pain. The steroids were made and distributed by the Framingham, Massachusetts pharmacy, the New England Compounding Center. They have recalled all of their products out and have put a halt to production while under heavy investigation.

Fungal meningitis occurs when a fungus affects the membranes that surround the brain and spinal cord lining. This causes symptoms like slurred speech, fever, headache, stiff neck, nausea and vomiting, pain and swelling at the injection site, numbness and weakness.

Over 300 have received the injection and have been sickened by it and more than 20 have died. Officials are saying that if you or a loved one received an injected steroid shot and have experienced any of the symptoms, you should contact your health care provider and seek the correct medical attention as soon as possible.

Read the full story here. http://vitals.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/10/24/14670810-fungal-meningitis-risk-greatest-first-six-weeks-after-shots-cdc-says?lite

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