The Centers for Disease Control have reported 354 fungal meningitis cases, seven peripheral joint infections and 25 deaths linked to contaminated steroid shots from a Massachusetts compounding center.
Rhode Island is the latest state to report a case. Only four states remain meningitis free of the 23 that received tainted medications.
The FDA has produced a list on its website of all products sent to medical centers across the nation on and after May 21st. The compounding center was responsible for compiling the 354 page list.
Doctors find this fungus extremely difficult to diagnose and treat. Patients must undergo a three -onth intravenous treatment. The medication being used has many side effects when mixed with other drugs and requires constant medical monitoring.
The highest risk period seems to be 42 days after the shot injection date. However, doctors warn patients to be on the lookout for symps several months after.
Reporting on Health Matters, I’m Lyssa Hansen.