Fungal Meningitis outbreak

Fungal Meningitis outbreak

29 October 2012

The news has been inundated in the past few weeks with reports of an outbreak of fungal meningitis in the USA.

As a result we have had some calls to the Helpline and wanted to reassure everyone that these cases are as a result of contaminated steroid injections from New England Compounding Center in Massachusetts and this form of meningitis is not contagious.

To date (29 October) 25 people have sadly died of fungal meningitis and 344 cases have been reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There is guidance for patients and clinicians in the USA on the CDC website if anyone would like to find out more about the current situation:

Shirley Gieron, Head of Helpline said: “Our thoughts are with those people who have been affected by this outbreak in the USA. These cases of fungal meningitis are not contagious -- the infection was transmitted through spinal injections of a steroid medication that was found to be contaminated. It was distributed only in certain parts of the USA and has now been recalled. If you do have any questions please call our Helpline on 080 8800 3344 or email:   "

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