Meningitis Outbreak Linked to Spinal Steroid Injections

Over 30 cases of fungal meningitis have been linked to a steroid treatment for back pain.
3:00 | 10/04/12

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-- alert the CDC warning about a growing outbreak of meningitis. At least five people have now died 35 cases across six states some patients suffering from stroke stroke like symptoms the cause. Apparently tainted steroid shots for back pain. Nearly nine million Americans use them so which ones are believed to be putting people at risk here's ABC's Steve -- and -- Don't worry this outbreak of fungal meningitis is spreading potentially affecting more than a thousand Americans recently treated for back pain. With needles that were tainted by a fungus during manufacturing. Decontaminated medication was a steroid it was put into a syringe. Anyone who's received a steroid injection in the spine since July. Should check with their doctor to see if it's from attain its source. Early -- -- treatment. Can improve the outcome of the -- Ground zero is the specialty pharmacy in Massachusetts where the steroid injections were made. Investigators shut down the New England compound in center. But it may have shipped to 23 states doctors say this is a rare form of meningitis with symptoms that are easily best. And it kills by swelling the brain. It is not contagious but early symptoms can be headaches fever a stiff neck. And it can take anywhere from a week to a month to develop so health officials are on high alert. Steve -- on the ABC news Atlanta.

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