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Fungal Meningitis Outbreak Hits Georgia

The current outbreak of fungal meningitis that is linked to contaminated steroids has now reached the 17th state, Georgia. The Centers for Disease Control and Protection reported the outbreak has spread to there. Three lots of tainted vials of methylprednisolone acetate, steroids given for pain, were distributed to 23 states. It is believed that about 14,000 patients were given the shots at various clinics and offices. It has caused the death of 24 victims and has sickened over 300 people.

Fungal meningitis outbreak claims 24th victim

The 24th person has died from the current outbreak of fungal meningitis. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported a resident of Indiana was exposed to the contaminated vials that are linked to fungal meningitis. The New England Compounding Center, responsible for the tainted vials of methylprednisolone acetate, have recalled all of their products and quit production while being investigated. It is unknown how the fungus got into the vials.

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.

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.

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.

Pa. reports first meningitis case, from Altoona

Recently, the first case of fungal meningitis was reported in Pennsylvania. In Altoona, PA a patient as seen at a pain clinic for back pain and was given an injected steroid. They went into the hospital because of an unknown serious illness and they believe it to be connected to the fungal meningitis outbreak.

Meningitis Outbreak Update: Seven Deaths Reported, New England Compounding Center Pulls Drugs

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that the number of deaths from an outbreak of fungal meningitis has risen to seven. The meningitis is being linked to contaminated steroid injections. The number of cases and states has risen to 64 people in nine states, which is 17 more people and two more states within one day.

Meningitis Outbreak Prompts Warnings, Recalls Right Here in Pittsburgh

With the current outbreak of meningitis, more than 17,000 vials, which have been linked to 35 cases, five fatal, were sent out to offices and clinics in 23 different states. The Massachusetts pharmacy, New England Compounding Center, that made the vials is recalling all of its products nationwide. The amount of unused vials is currently unknown. The shipments of the vials were sent out between July and September.

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