Fungal meningitis confirmed in six Michigan patients
Caroline MacGregor October 8, 2012 | WGVU
The Centers for Disease Control is
working quickly to identify patients who may have received contaminated steroid
injections linked to an outbreak of fungal meningitis.
Since Sunday, the number of people infected with the non- contagious form of
meningitis has reached 91. Eight of those people have died.
The patients who contracted the disease were all injected in their
spine with a preservative-free steroid called methylprednisolone acetate that was contaminated with a fungus. The
steroid is used to treat pain and inflammation.
Lisa La Plante with the Kent County Health
Department says while no cases have been reported in Kent County, the six cases in Michigan are cause for concern and they want to make all care providers aware of the outbreak.
“None of the four facilities that received this steroid are located in Kent County. However, we do know that there are people from Kent County who travel outside the area for medical treatment, that's why we feel it's important for everybody to know what's going on with this and if they do suspect that they have become sick from this injection that they contact their physician
The steroid injections in question were manufactured by a company out
of Massachusetts called the New England Compounding Center.
The four Michigan
facilities that received these recalled lots are the Michigan Neurosurgical
Institutes in Grand Blanc, the Michigan Pain Specialists in Brighton, Neuromuscular
and Rehabilitation in Traverse City and Southeast Michigan Surgical Hospital in
“This disease is not transmitted from person to person so you don't have to worry if someone you know had it; however, we think a lot of the reporting of these cases is going to rise as more physicians and patients become aware
Symptoms of fungal meningitis include fever, a new or worsening headache,
or nausea or stroke like symptoms. More information on the investigation can be
found at http://www.cdc.gov/HAI/outbreaks/meningitis.html.
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