Health officials discovered at least one contaminated vial in a specialty Massachusetts pharmacy
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The Centers for Disease Control said Saturday that seven people have
been killed by an outbreak of a rare fungal meningitis that has so far
infected 60 people across nine states. Minnesota and Ohio are the two
latest states to report people getting sink after receiving steroid
injections that have been linked to a pharmacy in Massachusetts, reports
the Associated Press.
Officials fear thousands of people could have been exposed. At least
one contaminated vial in a specialty Massachusetts pharmacy was
discovered and it remains unclear how fungus got into the steroid that
is commonly used for back pain. A total of 76 facilities across 23 sates
received vials of the steroids that have been linked to the outbreak,
points out Reuters.
Anxiety is running high among patients who have received a steroid
shot but doctors say no one should worry unless symptoms, including
headaches, fever, stiff neck, difficulty walking or worsening back pain,
begin to appear, reports the AP. Health officials say the fungus can’t be transmitted from person to person.
The states that have reported cases of people getting sick after
receiving the injections are Michigan, Tennessee, Virginia, Florida,
Maryland, North Carolina, Indiana, Minnesota, and Ohio.
A pain clinic in my town injected over 300 patients with this tainted steroid. They used the steroids through the month of September. Fungal meningitis has an incubation period up to 90 days, but is not contagious. However, I cannot imagine the worry of those who received this steroid.