25 Cases Of Fungal Meningitis Reported In Michigan
October 10th, 2012
At least 25 cases have been confirmed in Michigan of fungal meningitis from tainted pain medication including a new third death federal officials reported Tuesday. The number of Michigan cases has risen to 25 from 21, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There were no details immediately available about the third death. Officials have tied the outbreak of the rare meningitis to steroid shots for back pain. The steroid was made by a specialty pharmacy in Massachusetts and shipped to four Michigan clinics. According to reports, Michigan Pain said it treated about 875 people with the recalled product, between Aug. 7 and Oct. 2. It has told patients to go to the emergency room at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ypsilanti if they have symptoms, such as fever, stiff neck or a new headache.