Meningitis Outbreak: 7 People Confirmed Dead, 60 Others Being Treated

Dr. Jen Ashton conveys seriousness, health risks of contaminated injections.
3:00 | 10/07/12

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We'll turn now to the rising death toll from a meningitis outbreak. Seven confirmed dead while more than 60 people in nine states are currently being treated for the life-threatening disease. The latest confirmed cases in minnesota and ohio. The illnesses are linked to a steroid produced by avengety pharmacy in massachusetts. Talking about how serious it is is dr. Jennifer ashton. Thanks for coming in. People hear meningitis and panic. How serious? They panic for good reason. Most of the time we are talking about meningitis caused about i a bacteria and can be fatal one in ten times. There's a little defense. This is meningitis, an inflammation around the brain and spinal cord caused about I a fungus. Much less common but can be just as deadly. We're talking about symptoms, nausea, high fever, stiff neck and this is what we're seeing in this outbreak. It's being linked to that steroid injection. How so? Right, so the thinking intoer is that it's a contamination in either the production or packaging process as you said, this is a preservative-free steroid that came from a pharmacy in massachusetts. Bianna, this I've distributed over 17,000 doses of this drug. It has been recalled but obviously the cdc is urging anyone who's had this injection in their back, steroid injection after july 1st to contact the doctor or the clinic that they got it from to find out if it came from massachusetts. Quickly what are symptoms to look for. Fever, nausea, stiff neck, generalized body aches, these are thing if you had this steroid injection this your back you want to get to your doctor or medical facility right away and get medical attention. Better safe than sorry. You think we'll see pore cases. There can be a lag time of up to a month. Scary stuff. We appreciate you coming in, dr. Ashton. Thanks.

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