On Monday, November 5, 2012, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that 419 people have been determined to have fungal meningitis and 30 people have died from the illness.
As health officials learn more about how to treat this deadly outbreak, guidelines and recommendations for treatment are changing.
Click on this link to view the latest information posted on the CDC website: http://www.cdc.gov/hai/outbreaks/meningitis.html.
In late September, the investigation was focused on injections given directly into the spine, unfortunately, the CDC believes that people who received injections in peripheral joint space (knee, shoulder, and ankle) may also be at risk of infection.
Patients who received any of the NECC products and are not sick are being instructed to closely monitor their symptoms and to consult their doctor as to whether they should undergo a Lumbar Puncture to determine whether or not they have meningitis.
Patients who received the tainted medications and are asymptomatic are not being given anti-fungal medications as a precaution.
If you received a contaminated injection but have undergone diagnostic treatment, you may have a case. Call Paul Thomson, of The Thomson Law Firm in Roanoke, Virginia for a free consultation. 540-777-4900.