2012 Meningitis Outbreak: Are You At Risk?
As fungal meningitis deaths and cases rise across the US, the FDA has announced that two additional drugs could also be culprits in the outbreak that has already lead to 20 deaths and 254 cases across the country. The outbreak has reached a 16th state, New York, and new cases also were reported in Indiana, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Ohio and Tennessee. 14,000 people are thought to have been exposed to the contaminated steroid.
Now, the FDA is investigating three additional cases of suspected fungal meningitis or other fungal infections in patients who received other injected drugs made by New England Compounding Center (NECC).
“The sterility of any injectable drugs … produced by NECC are of significant concern,” the FDA warned.
What are the facts you need to know about this potential threat?
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