Thousands injected with fungal meningitis
HEALTH authorities in the US are trying to contact thousands of patients who got steroid injections contaminated with a deadly fungal meningitis.
Five people have died, while 30 others have so far been diagnosed with fungal meningitis after receiving routine steroid injections for back pain between July and September.
Officials revealed that tainted steroids thought to have caused a meningitis outbreak had been used in 75 clinics in 23 states.
It is not clear how many patients received tainted injections or whether everyone who got one will get sick. The time from infection to onset of symptoms is anywhere from a few days to a month, so the number of people stricken could rise.
The pharmacy involved, the New England Compounding Centre of Massachusetts, has recalled 17,676 single-dose vials of the steroid.