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Illinois reports 2nd case of fungal meningitis

Illinois has reported a second probable case of fungal meningitis. A Chicago resident was recently hospitalized with symptoms of fungal meningitis. Like the first case, the patient received a steroid injection at one of the three APAC Centers for Pain Management that received a batch of the bad steroids.

The current outbreak of fungal meningitis is linked to contaminated vials of methylprednisolone acetate, steroids used for pain. The vials were shipped out to 23 states by a compounding pharmacy in Framingham, Massachusetts, the New England Compounding Center. The company who is responsible has recalled all of its products and stopped production while under investigation. Ameridose, the New England Compounding Center's sister company has also recalled its products while it too is being investigated. So far over 300 cases have been reported and over 20 deaths.

Fungal meningitis occurs when a fungus enters the body and affects the membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord lining. Symptoms of fungal meningitis appear one to four weeks after receiving a bad shot and are milder than other types of meningitis. Signs and symptoms include fever, headache, nausea and vomiting, stiff neck, pain and swelling at the injection site, slurred speech and vision changes.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a list according to state of each office and clinic that received the tainted steroids. If you or a loved one recently got a steroid injection at one of the places and are experiencing symptoms, officials are encouraging you to seek medical attention as soon as possible.

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