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Fungal Meningitis Injury Report

U.S. Outbreak death toll has reached 24

The U.S. death toll fungal meningitis outbreak due to injections of tainted steroid medication has reached 24. Indiana is now reporting a third death, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Wednesday, Oct. 25th.

Eight new cases of meningitis were reported, pushing the total nationally to 312 cases in 17 states, the CDC said. Five joint infections caused by injections also have been reported, bringing the total number of infections to 317.

The number of cases has continued to climb despite the recall of the product by the New England Compounding Center (NECC). New cases were reported in Michigan, New Jersey and Virginia in addition to the death reported in Indiana.

If you suspect you have received contaminated steroid injections, symptoms may include fever, headache, stiff neck, nausea, vomiting, photophobia, altered mental status. People often feel like they have a severe case of the flu.


The Contaminated Steroid Shot is Methylprenisolone

Methylprednisolone (Brand name: Depo-Medro) is a corticosteroid hormone. It is used to treat pain and swelling that occurs with arthritis and other joint disorders. It is recommended usually be outpatient clinic physicians to be given as a shot in the arthritic joint and pain is supposed to subside within days of receiving the shot.

This medicaion may also be used to treat various conditions such as blood disorders, severe allergic reactions, certain cancers, eye conditions, skin/intestinal/kidney /lung diseases, and immune system disorders. It decreases your immune system’s response to these conditions and reduces symptoms such as swelling, pain, and allergic-type reactions. Methylprednisolone may also be used with other medications in hormone disorders.

This medication is usually injected into a joint as directed by your doctor. Methylprednisolone may also be injected into a muscle or into abnormal skin tissue. The dosage is based on your medical condition and response to treatment

This medication should appear milky white. Before using, check this product visually for particles or discoloration.
If this medication is injected into a joint, be careful how much pressure you put on that joint, even if it is feeling better.

Normal side effects include: weakness, weight loss, nausea, muscle pain, headache, tiredness,and dizziness when this drug is suddenly stopped. To prevent these withdrawal symptoms when stopping methylprednisolone, your doctor may reduce your dose gradually