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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention update on Meningitis Outbreak


Centers for Disease Control and PreventionAtlanta, GA – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is aware that New England Compounding Center has voluntarily expanded its recall to include all products currently in circulation that were compounded at and distributed from its facility in Framingham, Massachusetts.

The Fungal Meningitis outbreak now covers 9 States and the case count has grown from 64 to 91. Tennessee has 3 new cases.

Persons with meningitis linked to epidural steroid injections, as of October 7th, 2012.

Persons with meningitis linked to epidural steroid injections, as of October 7th, 2012.

CDC’s guidance to patients has not changed as a result of this voluntary recall. Patients who feel ill and are concerned about whether they received a medication from NECC should contact their physicians.

Clinicians should actively contact patients who have received medicines associated with three lots of preservative-free methylprednisolone acetate (80mg/ml) recalled on September 26th.

The potentially contaminated injections were given starting May 21st, 2012. Symptoms that should prompt diagnostic evaluation include: fever, new or worsening headache, neck stiffness, sensitivity to light, new weakness or numbness, increasing pain, redness or swelling of the injection site.

At A Glance

  • Status: Ongoing Investigation
  • Infection:  Fungal Meningitis
  • Facility Type: Outpatient Setting
  • Case Count: 91
  • States: 9
  • Deaths: 7

Cases By State

  • Florida: 4 cases
  • Indiana: 8 cases
  • Maryland: 3 cases, including 1 death
  • Michigan: 20 cases, including 2 deaths
  • Minnesota: 3 case
  • North Carolina: 2 cases
  • Ohio: 1 case
  • Tennessee: 32 cases, including 3 deaths
  • Virginia: 18 cases, including 1 death

Clinician Guidance

October 6th, 2012 8:00pm ET

Check the CDC website’s Clinician Guidance page for further updates.

For more on the story see:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention coordinates Multistate Meningitis Outbreak Investigation

Tennessee Department of Health provides additional update on Outbreak of Infections Associated with Epidural Steroid Injections

Tennessee Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control Investigating Meningitis Cases in Nashville




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