Friday, October 5, 2012


  • Number of US meningitis cases rises to 50 in deadly outbreak

    NASHVILLE, Tennessee (Reuters) - The number of people stricken with a rare form of meningitis linked to steroid injections rose to 50 in seven U.S.

  • Meningitis puts spotlight on compound medicines

    ... The (Nashville) TennesseanShare. Comments. meningitis outbreak. An outbreak of a rare and deadly form of meningitis was first detected among patients treated at the Saint Thomas Outpatient Neurosurgery Center in Nashville. (Photo: Erik Schelzig, AP ...

  • Fungi linked to meningitis are widespread in environment but rarely make ...

    Both were detected this week in patients with meningitis that occurred after a contaminated steroid was injected into the spinal column of some patients getting pain treatments.

  • Intense pain, confusing diagnosis mark meningitis

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A week after her annual steroid shot for back pain, Janet Russell began getting unbearable headaches. A fever followed.

  • Death toll from rare form of meningitis up to five

    Five people have died and 35 have developed a rare fungal meningitis in a widening U.S. outbreak caused by contaminated vials of injectable steroid medication for back pain, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday.

  • No meningitis risk at Southwest Florida clinics

    The group's CEO, Marsha Thiel, said Friday that four patients of Minnesota pain clinics that used a steroid linked to a fungal meningitis outbreak showed symptoms of the disease and were told to be tested. MAPS also owns the Minnesota Surgery Center ...

  • Steroid linked to meningitis outbreak was sent to Chicago

    A medical practice specializing in pain management has notified about 200 Chicago-area patients who may have received injections of a steroid medication linked to an outbreak of a deadly form of meningitis. No one in Illinois has reported having the ...

  • No illness in NJ tied to meningitis outbreak

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - None of the 1,000 people in New Jersey given a steroid linked to a deadly outbreak of fungal meningitis has reported becoming ill, Health Commissioner Mary O'Dowd said Friday. The outbreak has caused five deaths and dozens of ...

  • Hundreds at risk from meningitis-tainted steroid

    Hundreds of people may be at risk from meningitis-tainted steroid injections. The company that supplied the steroid is what is known as a compounding pharmacy.

  • Meningitis outbreak spotlights risks of drug mixing

    Two people blinded in Washington, D.C., in 2005. Three dead in Virginia in 2006 and three more in Oregon the following year. Twenty-one dead polo horses in Florida in 2009.

  • Macon center got steroids tied to meningitis

    ATLANTA (AP) - A surgery center in Macon administered steroids to 189 people using drugs that have been tied to a nationwide meningitis outbreak blamed for five deaths, Georgia health officials said Friday. The Forsyth Street Orthopaedic Ambulatory ...

  • No meningitis symptoms from TC clinic

    TRAVERSE CITY - State health officials report a steroid medication that is suspected of causing a meningitis outbreak in seven states was shipped to four facilities in Michigan, including one in Traverse City.

  • Meningitis cases in Virginia rise to 6

    Virginia now has six suspected cases, including one death, of a rare fungal meningitis infection linked to a custom-made steroid formulation given to treat back pain, state health officials said Friday.

  • Fungi blamed for meningitis rarely cause trouble

    By MALCOLM RITTER, AP Science Writer - 1 minute ago. NEW YORK (AP) - The two kinds of fungus linked to a meningitis outbreak are found in plenty of places and rarely make people sick.

  • Tennessee meningitis outbreak grows

    Dr. Madeleine Biondolillo, director of the Massachusetts Bureau of Healthcare Safety, answers a reporter's question regarding a meningitis outbreak linked to medicine from a Massachusetts specialty pharmacy, during a news conference in Boston on ...

  • Meningitis outbreak fuels local fears

    Staff from Southcoast Health System, Saint Anne's Hospital and Hawthorn Medical Associates all say they don't purchase the type of medication that has been linked to the mulitstate fungal meningitis outbreak from the supplier in question. But that ...

  • FDA expands recall list of tainted drugs as meningitis outbreak grows to 47 cases

    Federal health officials have expanded the recall list of potentially contaminated injectable medications suspected in a multi-state meningitis outbreak and the death of five people. More and more cases are being reported, with 47 people having ...

  • Fungal meningitis cases spotlight risks from custom-mixed drugs

    And now, at least five people dead and 35 diagnosed as sick with fungal meningitis that authorities say has been linked to steroid shots for back pain.

  • Meningitis outbreak risk spreads to 23 states

    The potential scope of the meningitis outbreak that has killed at least five people widened dramatically Thursday as health officials warned that hundreds, perhaps thousands, of patients who got steroid back injections in 23 states could be at risk ...

  • Meningitis outbreak from back pain steroid shot kills 5, sickens 30

    October 5, 2012 (NEW YORK) -- Health providers are scrambling to notify patients in nearly two dozen states that the routine steroid injections they received for back pain in recent months may have been contaminated with a deadly fungal meningitis.

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