The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention have traced the recent outbreak of Meningitis to a multistate offering of spinal steroid injections. This severe form of Meningitis, which thus far caused 5 deaths and 35 illnesses across 6 states, has been linked to a fungus found in the spinal steroid injections that were administered to 75 clinics in 23 States. We are working with some of the leading Meningitis attorneys in the United States. A claim and/or Meningitis lawsuit can be filed on your behalf and there is no fee until you receive a reward or a Meningitis lawsuit. Contact for a free consultation online or toll free at 1-800-992-6878
The outbreak of a deadly strand of Meningitis has been traced to a fungus found in epidural steroid injections manufactured by the New England Compounding Center in Framingham, Massachusetts. Having caused five deaths and over 35 illnesses in six states thus far, the FDA and CDC have expressed concern that many cases are yet to be reported. The spinal steroid injections, which were offered at 75 clinics nationwide, were intended to simply combat lower back pain. However, the FDA, which is continuing to investigate the fungal contamination of the injections has urged all clinics to discontinue the use of all products from the particular manufacturer. Given the severity of the contamination of the epidural steroid injections and in response to pressure from the FDA and CDC, The New England Compounding Center has recalled all products that came from the Framingham, MA center. This manufacturer was previously warned by the FDA in 2006 how its practice of repackaging drugs can result in contamination.
What are the Side Effects?
The specific form of the fungal meningitis that has been caused by the spinal injections is "aspergillus meningitis." While most cases of any fungal meningitis are rare to begin with, Dr. Schaffner, the president of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases, calls aspergillus meningitis "super rare and very serious," while noting that cases involving this form of the disease are never mild.
Meningitis affects the membranous lining of both the spinal cord and brain. Typical early symptoms of fungal meningitis include:
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Unlike the more common cases involving bacterial meningitis, these symptoms from fungal meningitis are typically more subtle and take longer to appear. Moreover, if these subtle symptoms are left untreated, this particular inflammatory disease can cause permanent neurological damage and death.
Who is at Risk?
So far, there have been over 35 reported illnesses that have resulted in 5 deaths across 6 States including Virginia, Maryland, Florida, Tennessee, Indiana, and North Carolina. Because this specific, severe form of Meningitis is not transmittable, the only persons at risk are those who received the spinal injections. While there have been no reported illnesses in Rhode Island yet, The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDH) is still very concerned because the symptoms of this fungal meningitis do not begin until one to four weeks after its injection. The RIDH reports that between 200 and 300 persons received the injection in Rhode Island alone, and also notes that one specific clinic offering the injection had confirmed that it gave it out to at least 200 persons.
The FDA, RIHD, and CDC have urged all persons who received the injections to contact their doctors as soon as possible, even if they do not show any of the subtle symptoms or worsening of pain near the injection site.
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If you or a loved one has received the spinal steroid injection and believe that you have developed Meningitis as a result of it, you may want to speak to a dangerous drug attorney regarding a potential claim. A meningitis lawyer may be able to help you make important personal and legal decisions. d'Oliveira & Associates, P.C. is working with some of the leading lawyers in the country who are handling these cases.
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