Two Types Of Fungus Suspected In Growing Meningitis Outbreak

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Two Types Of Fungus Suspected In Growing Meningitis Outbreak

Recently, an outbreak of meningitis attributed to steroid injections has been all over the news; it was initially believed that a fungus was responsible. As of October 15th, two different types of fungus have been identified which have been linked to the contaminated drugs. So far, 205 people have become ill across 14 states, and 15 have died after being given steroid injections for lower back pain. Investigations by the Food and Drug Administration, CDC, and state and local health departments are ongoing. According to the CDC's website, several individuals who had taken the spinal steroid injection suffered strokes, thought to be caused by the infection. Investigators are also trying to determine whether individuals who have received injections in the shoulder, ankle, knee or other areas typically given in peripheral joint space are also experiencing fungal infections. NECC (New England Compounding Center) products have been recalled in connection with the meningitis outbreak. The recall was expanded on October 6th, and the CDC urges patients who believe they have received a medication from one of these products (which were recalled on September 26th), and who feel ill to consult with their doctors. The two types of fungi that have been identified in the meningitis investigation include Aspergillus and Exserohilum, fungi that are already in our environment but that rarely result in meningitis. The CDC also wants to assure the public that this type of meningitis is not contagious. The drug that was believed to initiated the meningitis outbreak is called methylprednisone. Mostly used to treat lower back pain in older patients, the cases identified so far have been tracked to a "made to order" pharmacy in Massachusetts. FDA officials say that the pharmacy recalled its products, and has surrendered its license. News reports state that the pharmacy could have potentially shipped their products to all 50 states in the U.S. According to Dr. John Dreyzehner, Tennessee Health Commissioner, the clinics which have administered the injections are not to blame, as they had no way of knowing about the fungal contamination of the steroid injections prior to the recall being announced. At Markem-Imaje, our traceability systems help manufacturers and producers of food, beverages, pharmaceutical and other consumer goods implement quick recalls, minimize diversion and more. Trusted around the globe, our industrial traceability solutions help protect your brand and keep costs associated with recalls down, while protecting consumers.

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