October 16, 2012

2 more NH cases of fungal meningitis

The cases are related to the nationwide outbreak, which has been linked to steroid medications produced by the New England Compounding Center in Framingham, Mass.

The Associated Press

CONCORD, N.H. — Two more people in New Hampshire have been diagnosed with fungal meningitis bringing the number affected in the state to six related to a national outbreak.

MENINGITIS TOLL

An outbreak of fungal meningitis has been linked to steroid shots for back pain. The medication, made by a specialty pharmacy in Massachusetts, has been recalled.

Latest numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

Illnesses: 231 cases of fungal meningitis; two joint infections

Deaths: 15

States: 15; Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.

TO LEARNN MORE . . .

The CDC's webpage on the meningitis outbreak

The state Department of Health and Human Services said Tuesday the two new cases are under care and the residents are not hospitalized.

The cases are related to the nationwide fungal meningitis outbreak, which has been linked to steroid medications produced by the New England Compounding Center in Framingham, Mass.

In New Hampshire, the medication believed to be related to the outbreak was distributed to Pain Care LLC's locations in Somersworth, Merrimack and Newington.

Fungal meningitis cases have been recorded in 14 states besides New Hampshire. So far, 231 cases have been reported, including 15 deaths.

Were you interviewed for this story? If so, please fill out our accuracy form

Send question/comment to the editors




Further Discussion

Here at OnlineSentinel.com we value our readers and are committed to growing our community by encouraging you to add to the discussion. To ensure conscientious dialogue we have implemented a strict no-bullying policy. To participate, you must follow our Terms of Use.

Questions about the article? Add them below and we’ll try to answer them or do a follow-up post as soon as we can. Technical problems? Email them to us with an exact description of the problem. Make sure to include:
  • Type of computer or mobile device your are using
  • Exact operating system and browser you are viewing the site on (TIP: You can easily determine your operating system here.)