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What to do about the Fungal Meningitis Outbreak - 2 Months Later

By January 7, 2013

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In October of last year, in what the CDC calls the Multistate Fungal Meningitis Outbreak, about 14,000 unsuspecting back pain patients (and a few others) were put at risk for a rare type of spinal meningitis.  The risk was due to tainted medication, specifically methylprednisolone acetate, which was used in spinal epidurals (and other type of joint injections).

Related: News on the Spinal Meningitis Outbreak

This type of fungal meningitis is rare, and as such it plays by different rules than the more common types.  The CDC provides insight and specific recommendations about what to do if you had one of these injections.

Even now - 2+ months later - if you've had an epidural, there are things you should know and do to protect yourself from actually contracting this deadly disease.  It's all in my new article Fungal Meningitis Outbreak - What Are The Symptoms?

By the way, the CDC keeps updating the information about cases, deaths, states involved with the outbreak, and you can keep up with that by checking their site periodically.

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