Fungal Meningitis Related To Contaminated Epidural Steroid Shots
The Centers for Disease Control has identified eleven deaths and more than 100 cases of Fungal Meningitis as related to Contaminated Epidural Steroid Shots. CDC is currently conducting a multi-state outbreak investigation. Steroid injections of Methylprednisolone Acetate are believed to have been tainted with a fungus. The particular type of meningitis this has caused is called fungal meningitis. Three lots of the product were distributed nationwide. The steroid solution has now been recalled and the factory's operations have been shut down.
News reports indicate that as many as 13,000 patients may have been affected. News reports link the outbreak to patients in Tennessee, Michigan, Virginia, Indiana, Florida, Maryland, Minnesota, North Carolina and Ohio.
A map showing current outbreak statistics is available at from the CDC. New cases are being reported on a daily basis. Even if you are outside the area of the current reports, you may have been affected.
Symptoms may include nausea or stiffness of the neck. The symptoms may be mild and include dizziness, confusion, and discomfort with bright lights. The degree to which a person reacts may depend on their immune system.
You do not have to be diagnosed with meningitis to have valuable legal rights.
If you believe that you have been affected by this drug, or if you had an epidural steroid injection in your back, shoulder, knee, or other body part on or after May 21, 2012, contact an experienced products liability lawyer at Benson, Brown & Faucher, PLLC or call (336-478-6000) to discuss your legal rights now.
What is Fungal Meningitis?
is rare and usually the result of spread of a fungus through blood to the spinal cord. Although anyone can get fungal meningitis
, people with weak immune systems, like those with AIDS or cancer, are at higher risk.
The most common cause of fungal meningitis
for people with weak immune systems is Cryptococcus. This disease is one of the most common causes of adult meningitis in Africa.
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