Meningitis Outbreak in Maryland-8 confirmed cases and two deaths

October 9, 2012
By Kevin Goldberg on October 9, 2012 2:54 PM |

The lawyers at Goldberg, Finnegan & Mester are offering a free telephone consultation to anyone who has been diagnosed with fungal meningitis; or anyone concerned that they may have been infected. Needle.jpgThere are currently 119 cases and 11 deaths that have resulted from an outbreak caused by a drug compounding company. At least 32 of these cases of diagnosed fungal meningitis were in Maryland and Virginia.

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The individuals who have been diagnosed with fungal meningitis received epidural injections into their spine to treat back pain. These injections are often given by medical doctors and/or pain management specialists in an outpatient setting. The tainted injections were given starting May 21, 2012. Symptoms of fungal meningitis often do not appear for quite some time after the initial contact. Symptoms include headaches, dizziness, fever and neck stiffness.

We are especially concerned about our current and past clients because many of them have back injuries from car accidents and receive epidural steroid injections as part of their treatment regiment. The Center for Disease Control is recommending that

"Clinicians should actively contact patients who have received medicines associated with three lots of preservative-free methylprednisolone acetate (80mg/ml) recalled on September 26." 2012.

The Center for Disease Control Website has an up to date map showing the number of confirmed diagnoses of meningitis in each state. While Maryland has just 8 confirmed fungal meningitis cases so far, the number is expected to rise, and there have already been two deaths in Maryland. Tennessee has 39 confirmed cases and 6 deaths.