Contaminated steroid caused 7 dead
An outbreak of fungal meningitis has been linked to steroid injection, a common treatment for pain and inflammation, and has caused 7 dead and 91 sickened so far, said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Saturday.
Health officials say 76 medical facilities in 23 states received the contaminated steroid injection from the New England Compounding Center, a Massachusetts-based pharmacy, which manufactured the infected injection.
CNN reports, NECC voluntarily recalled 3 lots of steroid injections last week. This Saturday, it announced a voluntary recall of all its other products and shut down operations.
There are reported cases across the nation, including Tennessee, Florida, North Carolina, Indiana, Michigan, Virginia, Maryland, Minnesota and Ohio. Tennessee is the most affected state among all of them, with 29 reported cases and three deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
ABC News reports, According to Dr. Ilisa Bernstein, the acting director of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research Office of Compliance, “FDA is in the process of further identifying the fungal contaminate,” and that “our investigation into the source of this outbreak is still ongoing.”
Meningitis is the inflammation of the membranous lining of the brains and spinal cord. Symptoms include fever, headache, and a stiff neck. Meningitis is usually curable, if you manage to see a doctor in time; however, it can also be life-threatening, according to mayoclinic