Meningitis Outbreak

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Fungal Meningitis Infection Lawsuits

Health officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) say approximately 75 medical facilities in 23 states have received a contaminated steroid manufactured by New England Compounding Center (NECC) in Framingham, Massachusetts. The steroid, methylprednisolone, is used mostly to treat older patients for lower back pain. Those states affected are California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Texas and West Virginia. According to the CDC, it has found fungus, including Aspergillus and Exserohilum, in specimens from several patients causing meningitis.

Meningitis is an inflammation of the protective membranes covering the brain and spinal cord. Bacteria or viruses usually cause meningitis but infection can also be caused by fungi and parasites. According to the CDC, typical meningitis symptoms include headache, fever, nausea, and stiffness of the neck. People with fungal meningitis may also experience confusion, dizziness, and discomfort from bright lights.

According to the FDA, two other drugs made by the New England Compounding Center now appear to be involved in the fatal meningitis outbreak. The FDA is now investigating one case of possible meningitis associated with an epidural injection of triamcinolone acetonide and two reports of fungal infection with Aspergillus fumigatus in two transplant patients who were given cardioplegic solution made by the company.

If you or someone you know has been harmed by a fungal meningitis infection caused by contaminated steroid injections, contact Sokolove Law for free legal consultation and to find out if a dangerous drug lawyer may be able to help you.