CDC: 11 more cases tied to fungal meningitis outbreak
Bottles of injectable steroids distributed by the New England Compounding Center are suspected in causing a meningitis outbreak.
October 25th, 2012
02:54 PM ET

CDC: 11 more cases tied to fungal meningitis outbreak

The toll from the ongoing fungal meningitis outbreak continues to climb, with health authorities reporting 328 infections on Thursday - up 11 from the previous day.

In its latest update, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said there were 323 cases of fungal meningitis plus five related peripheral joint infections. The agency reports 24 deaths tied to the outbreak, the same number as on Wednesday.

The illnesses, which first emerged just over a month ago, have been linked to tainted products from the New England Compounding Center. The Food and Drug Administration has since issued a warning covering medications from the compounding pharmacy that have been distributed since May 21 at more than 3,000 medical facilities nationwide.

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  1. Jeannie P

    Why did facilities accept steroid doses from NECC if they are supposed to only accept doses compounded for specific patients?

    October 25, 2012 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    Jeannie P.
    I guess if Oscar Mayer produced tainted hot dogs, and the USDA sent leaflets to 10,000 grocery stores, then why did grocery chains keep buying from Oscar Mayer, when they should be marketing user specific hot dogs?

    October 25, 2012 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  3. banasy©

    From what I understand Oscar Mayer has more hygenic conditions than the NECC.

    October 25, 2012 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Hollywood

    That compounding pharmacy in Mass. Should be sued by all of those poor souls and their loved ones. A criminal act.

    October 25, 2012 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
  5. heiressartspublishers

    My pharmacist (Wayne King of Smith's Pharmacy in Panama City, Florida) believes that the problem may not be the drug, but the vials may have been contaminated with the black mold, if they came from China.

    October 26, 2012 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Lar5

    Wake up! Regarding the meningitis drug fiasco.
    Paul Ryan voted 7 times to cut the budget for the FDA. and he and Romney would like to close it and let industry self regulate. The GOP in action!

    October 26, 2012 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |