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Rare Meningitis Outbreak Widens to 23 States

Last Updated: 09 October, 2012

More cases have been reported in the bacterial Meningitis outbreak that stemmed from an injected steroid.

As of Monday morning, CNN stated there are more cases of a rare fungal meningitis caused by a tainted batch of steroid than previously announced. Officials in 23 states are working to notify thousands of patients who received the steroid to treat back pain.

Eight people in four states (Michigan, Tennessee, Virginia and Maryland) have died from the illness. There have been a total of 91 cases reported so far with confirmed cases also located in Florida, Indiana, Minnesota, North Carolina and Ohio.

These cases have been traced back to three lots of methylprednisolone acetate that came from a lab at New England Compounding Center in Farmington, Massachusetts. The lab has suspended all operations and surrendered its license until an investigation can be completed. They have also voluntarily recalled all products made at their lab.

Fungal Meningitis can not be passed from person-to-person. Persons who have been injected with the steroid may show symptoms 1 to 4 weeks later. Symptoms may include a fever, a new or increasingly worse headache, nausea as well as symptoms consistent with a deep brain stroke.

Medicines are supposed to heal people, not put their lives in jeopardy. If you or a loved one knows someone who has been made ill by defective pharmaceuticals, call Spiros Law, P.C. at (815) 929-9292 to explore your legal options.