|rakshas||Date: Tuesday, 09-October-2012, 7:00 PM | Message # 1|
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|An outbreak of meningitis - apparently caused by contaminated medicines - has now affected 47 people in the United States. |
Five of them have died and all of the victims had been taking steroid injections to treat back pain.
With symptoms taking a month to develop, doctors fear many more patients are at risk, as Bill Hayton reports.
Read more/Full article/source - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-19854151
A meningitis outbreak traced to a contaminated steroid used for back pain killed five people and threatens thousands more, U.S. health officials said.
The New England Compounding Center, a Framingham, Massachusetts-based pharmacy, supplied the steroid found to be tainted with a fungus, Ilisa Bernstein of the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research said yesterday. The steroid, methylprednisolone acetate, was shipped to 75 facilities in 23 states from July to September, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Meningitis is an inflammation of the lining of the brain and spinal cord usually caused by an infection from a virus or bacteria. Forty-seven people in seven states -- Florida, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia -- have contracted fungal meningitis and five have died after receiving steroid injections in their backs, the CDC said today in a statement. The fungal illness is not contagious and can be treated with medication, the Atlanta-based agency said.
“All patients who may have received these medications need to be tracked down immediately,” Benjamin Park, medical officer of the CDC’s Mycotic Diseases Branch, said in the statement. Lives may be saved if they are put on antifungal therapy, he said.
The agency and state health departments today released a list of the 75 health-care centers that received the contaminated product.
Read more/Full article/source - http://www.businessweek.com/news....-people