Oct 052012
 

So coming from the CDC, you can double figures, maybe even more…

ATLANTA (AP) — Health officials say the death toll in a rare fungal meningitis outbreak across several states has risen to seven.

In updated figures posted to its website Saturday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the outbreak has spread to more than 60 people across nine states.

Minnesota and Ohio are the two latest states to report confirmed cases linked to a steroid produced by a specialty pharmacy in Massachusetts. The steroid has been recalled, and health officials have been scrambling to notify anyone who may have been injected with it.

The New England Compounding Center has said it is cooperating with health investigators to determine the source of the infections.

Notice the difference between today’s map and yesterday’s: Makes you wonder if some on this injection are not yet aware of whats going on. Do they track them?

last updated: October 6, 2012 2:00pm ET

Update from CDC after 2pm est:

Multistate Meningitis Outbreak Investigation

What are the states that received the implicated product?

23 States!

California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Texas, and West Virginia

~ This is JUST beginning friends…

A rare form of fungal meningitis has killed five people and sickened 30 across six states, and more are expected, health officials said today.

UPDATED Daily @ 2pm est:

Case Count: 35
States: 6 (In actuality I heard on FNC this a.m. it is now in HALF of our states)
Deaths: 5

Meningitis outbreak may affect more than 23 states:

CDC

Word crossed our wires Friday afternoon that there are now four more confirmed cases in what’s become a widespread outbreak in the U.S. of a rare form of meningitis. All four of the new cases are in the state of Tennessee, which has the most confirmed cases overall.

See this map that is JUST In, see how more then half of our country will be affected:



h/t Char

From Blogger People Unlike Us:

Tennessee, Florida, Virginia, North Carolina, and Maryland have been affected so far…

A meningitis outbreak linked to epidural steroid injections has now spread to five states; four victims have died, while 30 others are sick, and experts expect the numbers to continue climbing. Scientists have tied the illness to a steroid tainted with the Aspergillus fungus. All victims so far had received injections from a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy called the New England Compounding Center. Some 23 states may already have received shipments of the contaminated drug.

This type of meningitis is not, however, contagious between people. Compounding pharmacies come up with drug mixtures not made by manufacturers—and the pharmacies aren’t held to the same tough safety standards.

~ I had early meningitis as a child. I nearly did not make it and was hospitalized for three weeks. The ill effects have done different things to my health until this day. ~ JP

The Tennessean has provided this Map:

Tennessee’s outbreak of a rare form of fungal meningitis has evolved into a national health crisis that has sickened 26 people, killing four of them, in five states after they received spinal injections with contaminated medicine.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration identified New England Compounding Center – which already had a record of violations – as the probable source.

“FDA is working with several state health departments and the Massachusetts Board of Pharmacy on this issue and is still investigating the scope and cause of the outbreak of fungal meningitis,” said Erica V. Jefferson, acting deputy director for the FDA Office of Public Affairs.

“What I can say is that on Sept. 26, New England Compounding Center conducted a voluntary recall of 3 lots of Methylprednisolone (PF) 80mg/ml Injection produced at NECC.”

The lot numbers of this product are:

• Methylprednisolone Acetate (PF) 80 mg/ml Injection, Lot #05212012@68, Beyond Use Date (BUD) 11/17/2012

• Methylprednisolone Acetate (PF) 80 mg/ml Injection, Lot #06292012@26, BUD 12/26/2012

• Methylprednisolone Acetate (PF) 80 mg/ml Injection, Lot #08102012@51, BUD 2/6/2013

The Tennessean

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