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Medical science not prepared for meningitis outbreak

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  • Vials of the injectable steroid product made by New England Compounding Center implicated in a fungal meningitis outbreak that were being shipped to the CDC from Minneapolis. The specialty pharmacy has been at the center of a national investigation into more than 250 fungal meningitis cases, including 23 deaths.

      Vials of the injectable steroid product made by New England Compounding Center implicated in a fungal meningitis outbreak that were being shipped to the CDC from Minneapolis. The specialty pharmacy has been at the center of a national investigation into more than 250 fungal meningitis cases, including 23 deaths.
    Associated Press/Oct. 9

 
By David Brown/The Washington Post

To date, 23 people have died. new cases appear every day; the count went up by 13 on saturday. in all, 14,000 people in 23 states received injections around the spine or a joint with the anti-inflammatory drug methylprednisolone acetate from three contaminated lots distributed by a massachusetts company.

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