CDC responding to meningitis outbreak
Tue, 16 Oct 2012 07:35:02 GMT —
An outbreak of fungal meningitis has been linked to steroid shots for back pain. The medication, made by a specialty pharmacy in Massachusetts, is being recalled.
According to the Centers for Disease Control several people have suffered strokes that are believed to have resulted from their infection.
"CDC and public health officials are referring any patients who have symptoms that suggest possible meningitis or a possible peripheral joint infection to their physicians who can evaluate them further," says the release sent out by the CDC.
The latest numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention state that there have been 15 deaths linked with the disease.
Fungal meningitis has been reported in Ohio, Michigan, Indiana as well as 12 other states.