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Oct 11, 2012

Oct 11, 2012

Outbreak investigators find fungus in recalled steroids

– Federal officials today announced that testing in the multistate meningitis outbreak has found fungus in 50 unopened vials of the steroid linked to the outbreak and that Michigan officials reported the first joint infection in a patient who received the recalled drug.

Oct 10, 2012

Oct 10, 2012

Meningitis outbreak poses questions for experts, clinicians

(CIDRAP News) – The number of patients sickened in a fungal meningitis outbreak linked to steroid injections for back pain rose to 137 today, including one more death, and clinicians are facing tough decisions about how to manage patients in light of unusual features of the outbreak.

Oct 08, 2012

Oct 08, 2012

Fungal meningitis cases soar; death toll reaches 8

(CIDRAP News) – The number of patients sickened in a fungal meningitis outbreak linked to steroid injections for back pain more than doubled over the weekend, with 105 infections reported so far, including 3 more deaths, raising the toll to 8, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today in a health alert.

Oct 05, 2012

Oct 05, 2012

Meningitis outbreak expands to 47 cases in seven states

(CIDRAP News) – A fungal meningitis outbreak linked to steroid injections for back pain has grown to 47 in seven states, 12 more than reported yesterday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today. The death toll remained at five.

Michigan was added to the list of affected states today, with four cases. Other states with cases are Tennessee, 29; Virginia, 6; Indiana, 3; Florida, 2; Maryland, 2, and North Carolina, 1.

Oct 04, 2012

Oct 04, 2012

Fungal meningitis outbreak grows to 35 cases, 5 deaths

(CIDRAP News) – An outbreak of fungal meningitis linked to spinal steroid injections for back pain has increased to 35 cases with six deaths, and healthcare providers are being urged to contact all patients who might have received the injections, federal health officials said today.

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