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Toddler Injured in Superstorm Sandy Now Battles Deadly Infection

Toddler Injured in Superstorm Sandy Now Battles Deadly Infection

Courtesy of the Halstead family(ATLANTA) — A Georgia 2-year-old struck by a tree branch during Superstorm Sandy is now battling a potentially life-threatening illness he contracted while in the hospital receiving treatment for his injuries, his family…

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…

Pharmacy Owner Takes Fifth in Meningitis Hearing

Pharmacy Owner Takes Fifth in Meningitis Hearing

Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call(WASHINGTON) — The owner and co-founder of the New England Compounding Center, the pharmacy at the center of a deadly fungal meningitis outbreak, declined to testify before a congressional hearing Wednesday.When pressed by …

Meningitis Outbreak: How Two Docs Helped Unravel a Medical Mystery

Meningitis Outbreak: How Two Docs Helped Unravel a Medical Mystery

Jared Wickerham/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — As she desperately worked to follow the trail of what would turn into a nationwide fungal meningitis outbreak, Dr. Marion Kainer, an epidemiologist at the Tennessee Department of Health, found there was simply …

Meningitis Outbreak: 404 Cases, 29 Deaths

Meningitis Outbreak: 404 Cases, 29 Deaths

Jared Wickerham/Getty Images(ATLANTA) — Eighteen more people have been diagnosed with fungal meningitis in an outbreak linked to tainted steroid injections, health officials reported Friday.The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention increased…

Meningitis Outbreak Still Grows: 386 Cases, 28 Deaths

Meningitis Outbreak Still Grows: 386 Cases, 28 Deaths

Hemera/Thinkstock(ATLANTA) — Nine more people have been diagnosed with fungal meningitis in an outbreak linked to tainted steroid injections, health officials reported Thursday.The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has increased the tall…

Meningitis Outbreak: 331 Cases, 25 Deaths, 7 Joint Infections

Meningitis Outbreak: 331 Cases, 25 Deaths, 7 Joint Infections

Hemera/Thinkstock(ATLANTA) — Another person has died from fungal meningitis in an outbreak linked to tainted steroid injections, bringing the total to 25 deaths, health officials reported Friday.The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has …

Compounding Pharmacists Defend Their Trade After Meningitis Outbreak

Compounding Pharmacists Defend Their Trade After Meningitis Outbreak

Jared Wickerham/Getty Images(SAN JOSE, Calif.) — Chuck Leiter remembers getting an earful from his father after he helped a young Barry Cadden and his wife set up their booth at a conference for pharmacists in the late 1990s.”My dad almost killed me,”…

Meningitis Outbreak: 271 Cases, 21 Deaths

Meningitis Outbreak: 271 Cases, 21 Deaths

Hemera/Thinkstock(ATLANTA) — One more person has died from fungal meningitis linked to tainted steroid injections, raising the death toll for the outbreak to 21.The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has increased the tally of cases to 27…

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 …

First Meningitis Case Linked to Injectable Steroid Confirmed in Texas

First Meningitis Case Linked to Injectable Steroid Confirmed in Texas

Comstock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — According to the Texas Department of State Health Services, one case has been reported of meningitis related to steroid injections produced by the New England Compounding Center.The patient, an adult female from Central…

Meningitis Outbreak: Minnesota Woman Sues Pharmacy

Meningitis Outbreak: Minnesota Woman Sues Pharmacy

Jared Wickerham/Getty Images(SHAKOPEE, Minn.) — A Minnesota woman is the first person to sue the compounding pharmacy at the center of a fungal meningitis outbreak that has claimed 14 lives.In a class action filed Thursday in U.S. District Court, Barb…

Meningitis Outbreak Toll Rises Amid New Questions on Oversight

Meningitis Outbreak Toll Rises Amid New Questions on Oversight

Jared Wickerham/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — As the death toll climbs to 12 in the nationwide fungal meningitis outbreak, calls for FDA oversight of the contaminated drugs that caused the outbreak continue to stack up from congressmen, doctors and think…

Meningitis Outbreak Hits HIV-Positive Men in New York

Meningitis Outbreak Hits HIV-Positive Men in New York

Bananastock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — New York City health officials are investigating an outbreak of meningitis among HIV-positive men, one of whom has died while another remains in critical condition.“Men experiencing high fever, headache, stiff …

FDA Approves Meningitis Vaccine for Infants

FDA Approves Meningitis Vaccine for Infants

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration Thursday approved an infant vaccine that experts say will protect small children from two potentially fatal bacterial diseases.Menhibrix, manufactured by the Belgium-based comp…

Super Bowl MVP Deion Branch Aims to Tackle Meningitis

Super Bowl MVP Deion Branch Aims to Tackle Meningitis

Comstock/Thinkstock(LOUISVILLE, Ky.) — Deion Branch is famous for catching Tom Brady’s touchdown passés—a role that earned him Super Bowl MVP in 2005. But off the football field, Branch is raising awareness and funds to tackle meningitis …

Kansas Teen Shot Hoops in Meningitis-Induced Coma

Kansas Teen Shot Hoops in Meningitis-Induced Coma

Margaret Meier(NEW YORK) — Teen basketball star Maggie Meier had perfect free-throw form, even when she was in a coma. In the fall of her freshman year of high school, Meier got meningitis, a bacterial infection that spurred swelling in her brain and …

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