In early October health officials have been able to link an outbreak of fungal meningitis to a contaminated batches of steroids used in spinal cord injections. Alarmingly as of October 8th 2012 the outbreak was estimated to have reached 13,000 people, and has already claimed 11 lives. These injections are typically used to alleviate neck and back pain, the drug called methylprednisolone acetate. About five million people undergo this type of treatment in the United States every year.
According to the New York Times, the New England Compounding Center in Framingham Massachusetts is the company that made the drug has now shut down, surrendered the license, and has to recall all of their products not just steroids. Loose regulations may have let compounding companies like New England Compounding Center to mix batches of the drugs on their own for often much cheaper cost. Meningitis lawsuits are becoming more frequent with the current outbreak.
Meningitis is often caused by bacteria which can be passed from one person to another, usually through infected saliva or mucus. The area that is affected if the membranes covering the brain and spinal cord which is called meninges. Fungal meningitis can be severe and cause blood vessels to block leading to a stroke and other medical conditions. According to Emedicinehealth.com, here are some symptoms of meningitis:
- Headache occurs in at least 90% of people with meningitis
- Stiff neck occurs in at least 85% of people with meningitis
- Fever and chills occur in at least 90% of people with meningitis
- Vomiting occurs in about 35% of people with meningitis
- Fear of bright lights
- History of a recent upper respiratory infection (for example, cold, sore throat)
Less common symptoms
- Localized weakness or loss of strength or sensation, especially in the face
- Joint swelling and pain in one or more joints
- A new rash that often looks like a bruise
If you think that you may need a meningitis personal injury lawyer, Porter Law Firm, PLLC will work hard for you and your family for injuries and deaths from spinal meningitis. To get more information and to understand all your rights in these meningitis lawsuits help, call Porter Law Firm, PLLC at 901-475-7500 now.