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Remember the fungal meningitis outbreak? It hasn’t been that long since it swept the nation: spinal injections contaminated by mold sent fungus right to the brain, causing meningitis. Initially, those infected had a very low survival rate, but as doctors figured out what was happening, what had caused it, chances improved. Well, the initial spinal […]

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The window for developing meningitis symptoms in the outbreak caused by (now recalled) steroid injections has not yet closed, and new cases of spinal meningitis are still being discovered. Over 400 people have developed meningitis symptoms (many of which are now having secondary complications) and 30 (and growing) have died from the disease. The pharmaceutical […]

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The outbreak of spinal meningitis, caused by steroid injections contaminated with fungus, aren’t proving easy to treat. The particular fungus causing the outbreak, a black mold called Exserohilum rostratum, rarely infects humans, and even then only those with very weakened immune systems. This outbreak, however, has lead to hundreds of infections because of its direct […]

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What was a small outbreak last week is all over the news this week: a common fungus contaminated several batches of preservative-free steroids, which, when shot directly into the spine, caused fungal meningitis (inflammation in tissue lining the brain). Last week, only 4 had died and only a few dozen were infected. Last week, only […]

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Two batches of methylprednisolone acetate, a steroid injected to treat pain, are suspected of being contaminated with fungus, possibly causing the small outbreak of meningitis symptoms in Maryland, Tennessee, North Carolina, Florida, and Virginia that has resulted in 4 deaths to date (about another 2 dozen have been diagnosed with meningitis symptoms). The batch was […]

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