A deadly fungal meningitis outbreak has swept across the nation. CDC and FDA have investigated the outbreak and determined that the fungal meningitis is linked to contaminated epidural steroid injections produced by the New England Compounding Center located in Framingham, Massachusetts. The company has since shut down all operations and has recalled all products compounded and distributed from its Framingham facility. Over 270 people across 16 states have been diagnosed with fungal meningitis linked to contaminated injections. 23 deaths have been reported. The full extent of the outbreak remains unknown as additional cases are being reported. Connecticut is one of the states that received contaminated injections.
Symptoms of fungal meningitis include fever, headache, light sensitivity, neck stiffness, slurred speech, increased pain, redness or swelling at the injection site and new weakness or numbness in any part of the body. The onset of symptoms have occurred from one to four weeks after receiving the injections. However, longer and shorter periods have been reported.
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