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One more dies, nine more sickened in fungal meningitis outbreak

Nine more people have become sickened by the current outbreak of fungal meningitis that is being linked to tainted steroids. The steroids, methylprednisolone acetate, were made and shipped from a pharmacy in Framingham, Massachusetts, the New England Compounding Center. They are responsible for three lots of the vials and have recalled all of their products and shut down production for the time being. Around 17,000 vials were shipped out and they believe that around 14,000 patients were exposed to the fungal meningitis. 23 states have confirmed receiving shipments from the company, over 300 have been sickened and more than 20 people have died because of fungal meningitis.

People are experiencing symptoms one to four weeks after receiving the injected steroid and are reporting symptoms are milder than the symptoms of the other types of meningitis. Symptoms include fever, headache, stiff neck, nausea and vomiting, slurred speech, weakness, numbness and vision problems. Patients who received the injections in their joints, shoulders and knees are also experiencing joint problems as well. Officials are urging patients who may have been exposed to the contaminated steroids to get tested and receive the proper care.

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