FDA Confirms Presence of Exserohilum Rostratum in Steroid Injections Recalled by New England Compounding Center. According to Most Recent CDC Update, Fungal Meningitis from Tainted Steroids has now Killed 23, Sickened 284.
Wright & Schulte LLC, a Ohio personal injury law firm, continues to investigate potential fungal meningitis lawsuits on behalf of people sickened by tainted steroid injections distributed by the New England Compounding Center in Framingham, Massachusetts. According to the latest update from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the death toll in the fungal meningitis outbreak now stands at 23, while 284 people have become ill. The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has confirmed the presence of Exserohilum rostratum, the fungus behind the illnesses, in unopened steroid vials prepared by the New England Compounding Center.
According to the CDC, 281 cases of fungal meningitis, stroke due to presumed fungal meningitis, or other central nervous system-related infections meeting the outbreak case definition, along with three peripheral joint infections (e.g., knee, hip, shoulder, elbow), have been tied to contaminated methlprednisolone steroid injections prepared by the New England Compounding Center. Illnesses have been reported in Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia.
The New England Compounding Center recalled all of its products and voluntarily surrendered its license to operate on October 3, 2012. Prior to the recall, the potentially tainted steroids were shipped to 76 facilities in 23 states, the CDC said.
According to the CDC, this form of meningitis is not contagious. Infected patients may experience headache, fever, nausea, and stiffness of the neck, as well as confusion, dizziness, and discomfort from bright lights. Symptoms of joint infections associated with the contaminated steroids include fever, increased pain, and redness, warmth and/or swelling at the joint or the injection site.
Wright & Schulte LLC is offering free lawsuit evaluations to victims of fungal meningitis from contaminated steroids, as well as their families. Please visit yourlegalhelp.com, or call 1-800-399-0795 to learn more about your options for legal recourse.
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