Multistate Outbreak of Fungal Meningitis and Other Infections –Resources for Patients

On October 30, 2015, CDC updated its web resources for patients and clinicians. Patients affected by tainted steroid injections from the New England Compounding Center continue to receive treatment for their infections and clinicians should continue to monitor patient recovery. All relevant materials for patients and clinicians concerning the multistate outbreak of fungal meningitis and other infections are located on this page.

Update – October 30, 2015

Now that more than two years has passed since the outbreak, how are patients doing?

Our best information shows that most of the patients in the outbreak have done well with treatment and have few or no issues related to their fungal infection.

Several health care providers continue to participate in a CDC funded long-term follow-up study to collect information about how patients were treated for their infections and how they are doing over the long term.

A small number of patients have reported continued problems a year after receiving the contaminated injection, which may be related to their infections or treatments. These types of problems include increased pain around the infection site and difficulty thinking and speaking. CDC and partners are working to understand these patients’ situations more thoroughly.

Have any cured patients gotten sick again?

Relapse infections occur when an infection that was believed to have been cured comes back.  As of June 2015, a total of eight (8) relapses have been reported to CDC.  This is 1% of the 753 reported cases.

Should a patient who had a fungal infection continue to get steroid injections or consider surgery for other medical conditions in the part of the body where the infection occurred?

Patients should discuss the need for additional injections or surgery with their health care providers.

How does a person know that an infection related to this outbreak is cured?

Generally, infections are considered cured when a person’s symptoms improve and their laboratory test values return to normal.

Imaging studies, such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), which are used to see signs of infection, can remain abnormal after infections are considered resolved.  Patients should discuss MRI results with their health care providers in the context of their overall health status if they have concerns about their individual MRI results.

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