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CDC Opens Multi-State Investigation of Infections After Steroid Injections

CDC Opens Multi-State Investigation of Infections After Steroid Injections

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is investigating steroid products produced by a Tennessee pharmacy after a number of patients who received them developed skin and soft tissue infections.So far, the CDC…

Compounding Pharmacists Await Changes After Meningitis Scandal

Compounding Pharmacists Await Changes After Meningitis Scandal

Jared Wickerham/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Despite efforts to close perceived loopholes that allowed the New England Compounding Center (NECC) to distribute thousands of tainted steroid injections that killed 50 people, questions continue to arise about…

New Fungal Meningitis Cases, Spinal Infections Continue to Baffle Doctors

New Fungal Meningitis Cases, Spinal Infections Continue to Baffle Doctors

Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — It’s been more than a month since the 42-day risk period for contracting fungal meningitis from tainted steroid injections ended on Nov. 7, but new meningitis cases, spinal infections and other complications continue to a…

Timeline of How Fungal Meningitis Outbreak Unfolded

Timeline of How Fungal Meningitis Outbreak Unfolded

Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The fungal meningitis outbreak that sickened 414 people this fall was unprecedented.  First, because only people who received a tainted steroid injection were at risk.  And, second, because the fungus wasn’t kno…

Fungal Meningitis Risk Period Over But Threat Remains

Fungal Meningitis Risk Period Over But Threat Remains

Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The 42-day risk period for contracting fungal meningitis from tainted steroid injections ended on Wednesday, since the drugs were recalled on Sept. 26.  But new case reports will probably continue to trickle into the…

Fungal Meningitis Outbreak: Death Toll Climbs to 23

Fungal Meningitis Outbreak: Death Toll Climbs to 23

Hemera/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Two more people have died from fungal meningitis linked to tainted steroid injections, raising the death toll for the outbreak to 23.Over the weekend, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention increased the ta…

Fungal Meningitis Outbreak Claims Four More Lives; 245 Cases Reported

Fungal Meningitis Outbreak Claims Four More Lives; 245 Cases Reported

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(ATLANTA) — The national meningitis outbreak continues to spread as health officials say the infection has killed four more people in Tennessee, Florida and Virginia. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are now reporti…

Meningitis Scare: Spinal Tap Headaches Can Seem Like Infection

Meningitis Scare: Spinal Tap Headaches Can Seem Like Infection

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Jim McGuire said he was relieved when doctors told him his spinal tap tested negative for fungal meningitis last week, but his feeling of panic returned the next day when a severe headache set in.Although the headache …

CDC Reports 15th Meningitis Death

CDC Reports 15th Meningitis Death

*UPDATE: The CDC confirms that the number of fungal meningitis cases linked to contaminated steroid injections has risen to 205. 
(NEW YORK) — One more person has died from fungal meningitis linked to tainted steroid injections, raising the dea…

Fungal Meningitis Outbreak: 170 Cases, 14 Deaths

Fungal Meningitis Outbreak: 170 Cases, 14 Deaths

Hemera/Thinkstock(ATLANTA) — The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported two more deaths linked to the outbreak of fungal meningitis from steroid shots for back pain, bringing the total number of people who have died to 14.The CDC als…

Fungal Meningitis Prompts Fear Among Steroid-Injection Patients

Fungal Meningitis Prompts Fear Among Steroid-Injection Patients

Jared Wickerham/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Jim McGuire is unlikely to forget waiting in a hospital bed for the results of his spinal tap, as a doctor walked into the room across the hall and told a stranger he’d met earlier in the day that she had teste…

Fungal Meningitis Death Toll Continues to Rise

Fungal Meningitis Death Toll Continues to Rise

iiStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — An eleventh person has died and 108 more have been sickened by a rare form of fungal meningitis, health officials said Tuesday. The outbreak of aspergillus meningitis has been linked to an injectable steroid, called…

Fungal Meningitis Death Toll Continues to Rise

Fungal Meningitis Death Toll Continues to Rise

iiStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — An eleventh person has died and 108 more have been sickened by a rare form of fungal meningitis, health officials said Tuesday. The outbreak of aspergillus meningitis has been linked to an injectable steroid, called…

Fungal Meningitis Death Toll Continues to Rise

Fungal Meningitis Death Toll Continues to Rise

iiStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — An eleventh person has died and 108 more have been sickened by a rare form of fungal meningitis, health officials said Tuesday. The outbreak of aspergillus meningitis has been linked to an injectable steroid, called…

CDC Reports Eighth Fungal Meningitis Death

CDC Reports Eighth Fungal Meningitis Death

Jared Wickerham/Getty Images(ATLANTA) — Health officials estimate that 13,000 people may have been exposed to contaminated lots of an epidural steroid that has been linked to a rare fungal meningitis that has infected 105 people across nine states, ki…

Rare Fungal Meningitis Outbreak Growing: Seven Dead, 91 Sick

Rare Fungal Meningitis Outbreak Growing: Seven Dead, 91 Sick

Hemera/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Health officials on Sunday reported 27 new cases of a rare fungal meningitis outbreak that has killed seven people and sickened a total of 91 across nine states.The outbreak of aspergillus meningitis has been linked to …

Two More Die from the Fungal Meningitis Outbreak

Two More Die from the Fungal Meningitis Outbreak

Comstock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — According to the Centers for Disease Control on Saturday, two more people have died from contracting fungal meningitis, which brings the death toll to seven.There are currently 64 cases of fungal meningitis reported by …

Fungal Meningitis: Know the Subtle Symptoms

Fungal Meningitis: Know the Subtle Symptoms

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Health officials are urging thousands of back pain patients to be on the lookout for symptoms of fungal meningitis amid an outbreak that has killed five people and sickened 42 across seven states.The outbreak has bee…

Rare Fungal Meningitis Outbreak Grows; 5 Dead, 30 Sick

Rare Fungal Meningitis Outbreak Grows; 5 Dead, 30 Sick

ABC News(WASHINGTON) — A rare form of fungal meningitis has killed five people and sickened 30 across six states, and more are expected, health officials said Thursday.The outbreak of aspergillus meningitis has been linked to spinal steroid injections…

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