In Health, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have reported more than 100 cases of the rare, but non-contagious form of fungal meningitis, spread by contaminated steroid shots used to treat back pain.
The New England Compounding Center or NECC in Massachusetts that manufactured the contaminated shots voluntarily recalled the product last week.
So far the NECC has sent the shots to more than 75 medical facilities spread across 23 states. An estimated 13,000 may have been infected.
The following nine states have reported meningitis cases; Florida, Maryland, Virginia, Minnesota, Ohio, Tennessee, Michigan, Indiana and North Carolina.
Fungal meningitis is the inflammation of the membranes surrounding the brain. Symps range from a stiff neck to a high fever.
The Food and Drug Administration urges anyone using these steroids to report any symps or cases related to the outbreak to the FDA’s MedWatch program.
Reporting on Health Matters, I’m Lyssa Hansen.