Friday, October 5, 2012


  • Meningitis cases climb to 47 infected in seven states

    The number of meningitis infections tied to a New England pharmacy's contaminated steroid injections has increased, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Friday.

  • 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.

  • Number of meningitis cases rises to officials investigate US firm

    The number of people in the US confirmed to have been infected by meningitis from a contaminated steroid injection increased on Friday to 47, as clinics faced questions about buying from an unaccredited firm with a history of violating safety standards.

  • 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.

  • 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 ...

  • Fungus blamed for meningitis rarely causes trouble

    By MALCOLM RITTER, AP Science Writer - 1 minute ago. NEW YORK (AP) - The fungus blamed for causing a meningitis outbreak in several states is mostly everywhere.

  • About 25 Minn. patients evaluated for meningitis

    (AP) - About 25 Minnesotans who were injected with a steroid from a Massachusetts specialty pharmacy are being evaluated for fungal meningitis in an outbreak that has killed five and sickened 30 in six states, Minnesota's top disease investigator said ...

  • 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.

  • Fungal meningitis first victim likely was Kentucky judge

    The probable first victim of the fungal meningitis outbreak in Tennessee was Kentucky Circuit Court Judge Eddie C. Lovelace, who died at Vanderbilt University Medical Center on Sept.

  • 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 ...

  • 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.

  • 6 Michigan fungal meningitis cases linked to pain injections

    LANSING - Michigan health officials are reporting six cases of fungal meningitis linked to injections of a recalled back-pain medication.

  • Meningitis Outbreak Linked to Steroid Kills Five People

    A meningitis outbreak traced to a contaminated steroid used for back pain has killed five people and threatens thousands more, U.S.

  • 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 ...

  • Deadly meningitis outbreak puts spotlight on custom-mixed drugs from ...

    The FDA has said the steroid in the current meningitis outbreak came from the New England Compounding Center, based in Framingham, Mass.

  • Some answers about meningitis outbreak

    A: Meningitis is an inflammation of the lining of the brain and spinal cord. Symptoms include a severe headache, nausea, dizziness and fever.

  • Meningitis fear: Clinics rush to warn patients of tainted steroid

    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. It became apparent ...

  • Rare Fungal Meningitis Outbreak Spreads To Six States

    It's a troubling story authorities think will unfold over the next month or so. An untold number of Americans who got steroid injections in their spine to relieve back pain may end up with a rare fungal meningitis. The drug was contaminated with the ...

  • Fungal meningitis outbreak widens to six states

    Health officials have traced an outbreak of rare fungal meningitis to a Massachusetts specialty pharmacy that distributes a steroid injection commonly used to treat back pain.

  • Meningitis Outbreak May Have Reached 23 States

    Five people have died and 35 have fallen ill in six states as a result of fungal meningitis that's been transmitted in a steroid shot with a solution commonly used to treat back pain, Reuters reports.

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