CDC says third Tennessean dies from fungal meningitis outbreak

Thursday, October 4, 2012 at 3:43pm

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported on Thursday that a third Tennessean has died from an outbreak of fungal meningitis infections associated with epidural steroid injections.

Tennessee Department of Health Commissioner John Dreyzehner also updated the media Thursday afternoon saying that seven new cases of fungal meningitis had been identified since Wednesday afternoon bringing the state total to 25 cases. Thirty-five cases have now been reported in six states across the country.

Dreyzehner said Methylprednisolone acetate from New England Compounding Center is a “primary material of concern” in regard to the outbreak. The Food and Drug Administration has also confirmed that a fungal contaminant was identified by microscope from a sealed vial of Methylprednisolone acetate.

According to Dreyzehner, the FDA has confirmed that 23 states have received the materials and the CDC advised against using materials compounded and distributed by NECC.

Dreyzehner emphasized the outbreak of fungal meningitis wasn’t related to other recent cases of bacterial or viral meningitis. The meningitis in this outbreak is not transmitted person to person.

Officials believe that all patients in Tennessee who may have received injections containing the suspect materials have already been contacted, but anyone who is concerned about possibly receiving the injection should call their doctor and ask if that injection came from one of the three recalled lots of material distributed by NECC.

Also, Dreyzehner said any patient who received an epidural steroid injection and experiences a change of symptoms, no matter how mild, should seek evaluation immediately. 

 

2 Comments on this post:

By: yucchhii on 10/5/12 at 1:55

Not meaning to be insensitive to those who are suffering or families who have lost a loved one to this disease, BUT, so far I have heard there is a total of what...35 cases in the USA? They make it sound like the world is about to end due to this disease. How many people are there in the USA compared to how many cases there are? C'mon now, the CDC is a government agency. Now, the government is trying to cause fear into people in order to have MORE control over YOU! If you don't believe it, then I guess YOU will be one of those who will lose their life to the government because you are BRAINWASHED! These people who contracted this disease...Hmmm, did anyone catch the reasons the situation allowed then to get it? Apparently no one knows. Hmmm, interesting!!

By: whitegravy on 10/6/12 at 12:52

my sympathies to the famiies of the deceased but.........lets do the math...........35 deaths out of a population of 350 million........something like .000000001 tenth of a percent affected........do i sense some media hype/overkill here........problably more people struck by lightning per year ........just sayin!!!!!