Meningitis Death Toll Rises to 31

//Meningitis Death Toll Rises to 31

Meningitis Death Toll Rises to 31

Another fatality in the fungal meningitis outbreak linked to tainted steroid injections has been reported, bringing the confirmed death toll to 31 with a total of 424 cases reported across the country.

The outbreak of meningitis has been linked to contaminated, injectable steroids commonly used to treat back and joint pain.

Fungal meningitis affects the brain’s membranous lining and the spinal cord. Early symptoms include:

  • Headaches
  • Fever
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Stiff neck
  • Weakness or numbness
  • Slurred speech
  • Pain
  • Redness or swelling at the spot of injection

Sometimes, it can take over a month for symptoms to appear, which makes the condition so dangerous.

Manufacturer of the tainted injectable, New England Compounding Center, has been shut down and all of their products have been recalled. A congressional hearing regarding the outbreak is scheduled for November 14.

Originally, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that the risk of developing meningitis was highest within 42 days following the injection; however, new cases continue to trickle in.

Fungal meningitis is not contagious and only those patients who received steroid injections are considered at risk.

2013-12-02T18:49:44+00:00 December 2nd, 2013|Wrongful Death|

Mobile Office

1904 Dauphin Island Pkwy

Mobile, AL 36605


Mon - Thurs 8-5, Friday 8-4

Birmingham Office

1 Perimeter Park South Suite 113S

Birmingham, AL 35243

Mon - Thurs 8-5, Friday 8-4

Montgomery Office

1772 Platt Place

Montgomery, AL 36117


Mon - Thurs 8-5, Friday 8-4

Pascagoula Office

906 Covent Ave

Pascagoula, MS 39567


Mon - Thurs 8-5, Friday 8-4

Daphne Office

1703 Main St.

Daphne, AL 36526


Mon - Thurs 8-5, Friday 8-4

Foley Office

1605 N. McKenzie St.

Foley, AL 36535


Mon - Thurs 8-5, Friday 8-4

Legal Disclaimer – The information on this website is for general information purposes only. Nothing on this site should be taken as legal advice for any individual case or situation. This information is not intended to create, and receipt or viewing does not constitute, an attorney-client relationship. No representation is made that the quality of the legal services to be performed is greater than the quality of legal services performed by other lawyers.

Citrin Law Firm, PC

Privacy Policy