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Multistate Fungal Meningitis Outbreak - Current Case Count
December 17, 2012 4:30 PM EST
The next update to case counts will be on December 28, then resuming every Monday beginning January 7.
Cases with Fungal Infections Linked to Steroid Injections
CDC continues to receive reports of patients presenting with paraspinal/spinal infections (e.g., epidural abscess, phlegmon, discitis, vertebral osteomyelitis, or arachnoiditis at or near the site of injection). These syndromes have occurred in patients with and without evidence of fungal meningitis.
Because these infections are distinct from meningitis and joint infections, CDC will report case counts, as below, to better describe types of infections being identified in patients exposed to a preservative-free methylprednisolone acetate (MPA) injection, with preservative-free MPA that definitely or likely came from one of the following three lots produced by the New England Compounding Center (NECC) [05212012@68, 06292012@26, 08102012@51].
|State||Total Case Counts||Meningitis (with or without other infection)*||Stroke without Lumbar Puncture only||Paraspinal/Spinal Infection only||Peripheral Joint Infection only||Paraspinal/Spinal + Peripheral Joint Infection||Deaths|
|North Carolina (NC)||5||3||0||2||0||0||1|
|New Hampshire (NH)||13||9||0||0||4||0||0|
|New Jersey (NJ)||43||39||0||4||0||0||0|
|New York (NY)||1||0||0||1||0||0||0|
|Rhode Island (RI)||3||2||0||1||0||0||0|
|South Carolina (SC)||1||1||0||0||0||0||0|
* Some patients with meningitis had other infections diagnosed in addition; to date, all of these other infections have been paraspinal/spinal infections. The patient reported to have a peripheral joint infection and a spinal/paraspinal infection had both a joint injection and a spinal/paraspinal injection.
Case counts by state are based on the state where the procedure was performed, not the state of residence.