Meningitis Outbreak Spreads, Full Recall Announced

Company believed responsible for fungal infections in steroid injections recalls its products.
3:00 | 10/08/12

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Thanks very much. To the very latest on the dangerous meningitis outbreak. In the ub of known cases more than doubling over the weekend. 91 cases in nine states. Seven people have died. The and the scare has been linked to the steroid injection. Dr. Besser is joining us. You were here friday. How serious is this outbreak now? This is very serious. It's more than doubled since friday. These were injections that people got for back pain, okay? They were dealing with back pain and now they have to worry about meningitis. The product was 17,000 vials sent to 17 clinics in seven states. This fungus grows very slowly. You could see cases for an entire month. How soon if patients starting to show symptoms get to the doctor? You want to get to the doctor right away. Go to abcnews.Com to see if your clinic is one of those 76. If it was, contact your doctor to see if you received this product. And if you did, at the earliest symptom, you want to contact your doctor and get treated. They've put a spotlight on something called a compounding pharmacy, and what is that? These are what is called an old-style pharmacy mixing powders and solutions. That has to change. These pharmacies were designed to provide products for local people in your community. here. It's a big problem, and I think there's going to be change at the government level. All right, dr. Richard besser, we appreciate very important information. George, over to you.

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