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Fungal Meningitis Claims Another Victim In Michigan

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DETROIT (WWJ/AP) – Yet another person in Michigan has died from fungal meningitis. The latest victim is a
a 79-year-old Oakland County woman.

A total of five people in Michigan have now died, as well as a sixth Michigan resident who died in Indiana. A total of 49 people in the state have become sick.

The illness has been linked to contaminated steroids made at an East Coast pharmacy and shipped to a handful of Michigan clinics.

The steroids were injected to relieve back and neck pain.

A steroid made by a Massachusetts pharmacy has been tied to a national outbreak of the rare fungal form of meningitis. It has killed 19 people nationwide.

Four Michigan facilities received shipments of these recalled lots and are working with MDCH to identify and notify patients who may have received this product and be at risk for developing illness. The facilities are:

Michigan Neurosurgical Institutes in Grand Blanc
Michigan Pain Specialists in Brighton
Neuromuscular and Rehabilitation in Traverse City
Southeast Michigan Surgical Hospital in Warren
People who got the shots between July and September could be at risk.

Fungal meningitis is not transmitted person-to-person. Infected patients have presented approximately one to four weeks following their injection with a variety of symptoms including fever, new or worsening headache, nausea, and other symptoms consistent with a stroke. Some of these patients’ symptoms were very mild in nature.

MORE: Michigan’s Fungal Meningitis Case Count Up To 44

Information regarding the investigation, here

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