Death Toll Associated with Meningitis Outbreak Climbs to 23

Rare fungal meningitis lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm are alarmed by the national meningitis outbreak that is reaching shocking proportions. Known cases of the deadly disease more than doubled over the weekend, and continue to climb. The death toll now stands at 24, affecting people in 18 different states.

The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) just increased the number of cases to 328, of which 323 are cases of fungal meningitis. All of the deaths were caused by fungal meningitis.

The New England Compounding Pharmacy (NECC) that is believed to be responsible for the massive outbreak recalled all of its products and closed its operations. The contaminated steroid injections tied to this outbreak includes vials of methylprednisolone acetate used to treat joint and back pain.

Sealed vials of the NECC-manufactured steroid contained a dangerous fungus called Exserohilum rostratum, which is found in plants and soil. How the fungus ended up in the sealed vials remains a mystery.

Around 14,000 around the country may have received injections of the contaminated steroid. Some of the most serious infections seem to have occurred within six weeks of receiving the injection. Patients should watch out for signs such as dizziness, fever, and sensitivity to bright lights.

One news article points out that fungal meningitis patients not only face an uncertain future, they also face a difficult recovery process.

It tells the story of a 64-year-old lying in a hospital bed in Florida after contracting fungal meningitis from tainted steroid shots. She was involved in a car crash earlier this year and suffered back problems. In August, she received two steroid shots for the pain. One week after the injections, the pain was still there and she started to become nauseous and get headaches. Her health continued to decline, and she was diagnosed with fungal meningitis just a few weeks later.

Though this fungal disease is not spread by person to person contact, it is an extremely dangerous disease. It is very difficult to kill the fungi after they establish themselves in the human body. So the earlier treatment is given, the more effective it may be.

However, treating this disease is far from easy. Treatment involves powerful intravenous anti-fungal medicines that are difficult to use. The biggest problem medical professionals face is figuring out how to administer enough of the drug for therapeutic purposes without administering so much that it becomes dangerous for the kidney and livers. Even after discharge, patients may need to continue taking anti-fungal medication for weeks or months.

The woman described in the article lost over 10 pounds because of her meningitis. Her physicians had to temporarily stop treatment over concerns regarding her kidney and liver.

Lawsuits are already being filed against the negligent compounding pharmacy that put thousands of people at risk of serious harm. Steroid injection patients nationwide are suffering devastating illnesses and even facing death. The deadly fungal meningitis outbreak shows no sign of stopping.

Meningitis bacterial lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm are currently evaluating rare fungal meningitis claims. It is important to recognize the signs of this deadly disease immediately in order to begin a course of treatment.