Fungal Meningitis Outbreak Linked to Tainted Steroid Injections
More than 300 recipients of tainted steroid injections have been diagnosed with fungal meningitis across the United States. Officials discovered black mold in the steroids in September. No cases have been reported in Louisiana.
In the last two months, these contaminated steroid injections have caused 24 deaths in the United States. Because doctors commonly insert steroid injections into the spine, doctors warn that meningitis can silently creep into a healthy patient’s system without causing the immune system to react defensively. The spine also gives the fungus direct access to the brain.
Doctors ceased administering the tainted shots. However, doctors recommend that all patients who have recently received steroid injections closely monitor their symptoms. If detected early, fungal meningitis is highly treatable.
Meningitis symptoms include headache, fever, stiff neck, swelling, nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light and hallucinations. If you have experienced any of these symptoms after receiving steroid injections, you should seek medical attention immediately.
Under products liability law, a drug is considered defective if it poses a dangerous, unanticipated or undisclosed side effect. Furthermore, depending on the cause of a patient’s original injury, personal injury law may be used to hold the actor who caused the victim’s original injury legally responsible for any financial and emotional damages caused by the victim’s unanticipated injuries during the victim’s course of treatment.
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