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Meningitis outbreak spreads to 18 states with South Carolina case

The current outbreak of fungal meningitis has now spread to its 18th state, South Carolina. Fungal meningitis is being linked to contaminated steroids, methylprednisolone acetate, shipped out by the New England Compounding Center. The company out of Framingham, Massachusetts is responsible for three lots of tainted vials that were delivered to clinics and offices in 23 states. Over 17,000 vials were shipped out and it is believed that 14,000 people have been exposed to the fungus. The New England Compounding Center has stopped production and recalled all of its products while under investigation.

Fungal meningitis occurs when a fungus affects the membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord lining. Symptoms are milder than those of other types of meningitis and can take one to four weeks to appear. Signs and symptoms include headache, fever, numbness, weakness, nausea and vomiting, pain and swelling at the injection site, slurred speech, stiff neck and vision changes.

Currently there are over 300 cases in 18 deaths and more than 20 deaths. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have released a list of the offices and clinics that received a shipment of the contaminated steroids. They are urging anyone who received a steroid injection after May 2012, especially those experiencing the symptoms listed, to get check and received the proper treatment if needed as soon as possible.

Read the full story here. http://news.yahoo.com/u-death-toll-rises-24-meningitis-outbreak-042716569.html

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