Meningitis Outbreak: 12 Deaths Confirmed - UPDATE
Twelve (12) deaths related to the meningitis outbreak have now been confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control ("CDC"). The outbreak has been linked to contaminated steroid injections to alleviate back and pain and could have been injected in over 13,000 people. The number of persons infected has increased to 137 have been stricken with the non-contagious fungal meningitis infection within 10 states.
U.S. health officials have linked the outbreak to the manufacturer of the steroid injections, New England Compounding Center, Inc., a pharmacy located in Framingham, Massachusetts. The pharmacy voluntarily recalled three lots of the steroid last week. The CDC is urging doctors to contact patients who have received injections from any of the recalled lots.
Health officials believe 75 medical facilities in 23 states received the contaminated steroid injections, including New York.
Meningitis affects the membranes covering the brain and spinal cord. Those infected show a variety of symptoms, including severe headaches, nausea, and fever. Although some meningitis cases are mild, the infection can lead to more severe consequences, such as stroke and death.
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