The fungal meningitis outbreak has now affected nearly five hundred people, including killing thirty-four. The outbreak, which has been linked to contaminated vials of steroids, still needs monitoring as more infections are occurring despite the drugs being pulled from shelves weeks ago.
Three contaminated batches of the steroid methylprednisolone acetate (MPA) were produced by the New England Compounding Center in Framingham, Massachusetts. Patients in twenty-three states received injections of the drug to primarily treat back pain, but some may have also received it for elbow, shoulder, knee, and hip pain.
Medical facilities that received shipments of the contaminated drugs were instructed to contact all patients who received injections of the steroid. If you received an injection of this drug after May 21, 2012, be aware of possible symptoms of fungal meningitis including:
- Pain, redness, and swelling at the injection site
- Stiff neck
- New or worsening headache
- Slurred speech
- Sensitivity to light
- Numbness or weakness in any part of the body
If you experience any of these symptoms, contact your doctor as soon as possible. Fungal meningitis is an infection of the brain or spinal cord, and can be fatal. Even if you received the injection and feel fine now, continue to watch for these symptoms.
If a you or a loved one has suffered serious side effects due the recalled injectable steroid products, contact meningitis lawyers at Burnetti, P.A. today to find out how you may be compensated for medical bills, pain and suffering, or lost wages. Call 1-888-BURNETTI or fill out a free case evaluation form.