Transcript for Meningitis Outbreak: Death Toll Rises to 14
On behalf of the board I want to express our deepest sympathy for the patients in their families. Who have been impacted by this tragedy. It's an apology that's come too late for some. The Massachusetts pharmacy board apologizing for steroids shots mixed by the New England compound in center. Linked to an outbreak of fungal meningitis that has left at least fourteen dead. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announcing today a dramatic increase in the number of reported cases. To a 170. Spanning eleven states and that number is expected to rise. The key thing here is that if you had an injection anywhere in your body. From one of the clinics that has this product it's worth checking with him deceive your product is -- call I wouldn't want. Have to go get a flu shot -- or anything like. -- Nearly 141000 people may have been impacted. The CDC has contacted 90% of them. On Wednesday Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick said the pharmacy involved. May have misled regulators and worked beyond the scope of their license. This steroid shots are taken by millions as treatment for back pain every year. The symptoms are fairly generic making it even harder to diagnose the initial symptoms may be subtle baby fever. Headache some neck stiffness. The outbreak is increased concerns about the lack of standards set by the food and drug administration for pharmacies I think the most troubling thing is that some of these compound pharmacies sell drugs not just in their community. But they sell them across the country. That Massachusetts pharmacy has surrendered its license the shots percent to 23 different states. Reno nine and ABC news Washington.
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