Another Case in Fungal Meningitis Outbreak
Florida's 25th case of fungal meningitis related to the contaminated batches of steroid injections from the New England Compounding Center has been confirmed.
A 73-year-old man who received treatment from Florida Pain Clinic in Marion County is the latest case, the Florida Department of Health announced today.
All 25 cases are linked to contaminated lots of methylprednisolone acetate from the compounding center. So far three of those patients have died.
Nationwide, the number of cases of fungal meningitis related to contaminated steroid injections is 541 with 36 deaths across 19 states.
The most recent Florida patient received treatment on July 25, indicating that the incubation period for this infection extends well beyond 90 days, said Dr. John Armstrong, state surgeon general and secretary of health.
"The infection has a long tail associated with it," said Armstrong. "Most patients who have developed infections did so within six weeks of treatment, but the time for incubation can stretch well beyond 90 days, and exceed 120 days."
Any patient who received an epidural steroid injection between May 21 and Oct. 6, the date all medications from the compounding pharmacy were recalled, should remain alert to symptoms, which include fever, headache, stiff neck, nausea and vomiting, sensitivity to light, numbness or weakness on one side of the body and altered mental status.
Fungal meningitis is not contagious.