October 17, 2012 |
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials have linked four more deaths to the fungal meningitis outbreak caused by a batch of tainted steroid medicine, bringing the total dead to 19. Two of the new deaths were in Tennessee, with one each in Virginia and Florida. Fungal meningitis is an extremely dangerous, non-contagious infection of the membranes that line the brain and spinal cord. It often causes the brain to swell. The announcement by the CDC came the same day Food and Drug Administration authorities raided the Massachusetts offices of New England Compounding Center, the company at the center of the scandal.
November 7, 2012 |
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said there were no new reports of fungal meningitis linked to tainted steroid injections responsible for dozens of deaths nationwide, closing the window of all known cases in a 42-day period ended Wednesday. “People can rest a little easier but still remain vigilant,” CDC spokesman Curtis Allen told the Los Angeles Times. “What we're finding is that the further out you go from the last injection, the less the risk.” Wednesday was the end of the 42-day peak risk period since the CDC recalled the steroids Sept.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 27, 1985 |
A total of 393 people, most of them teen-agers and younger, have died in an epidemic of meningitis in the Indian capital, an Indian Health Ministry spokesman said Friday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 2, 1987 |
Eighteen people have died from meningitis in the West African state of Guinea, medical sources said. An epidemic broke out one week ago at Salambande, in northern Guinea, and 30 other cases of the disease have been identified, they said.
March 4, 1988
Health officials warned Santa Clara County residents about an outbreak of a deadly form of meningitis that has stricken at least 13 people and killed four this year. Five confirmed cases of meningococcal meningitis were reported to the Health Department this week, said Dr. Martin D. Fenstersheib, director of communicable disease control for the county.
January 15, 1999 |
An outbreak of potentially deadly bacterial meningitis among American Indians in northern Minnesota has triggered a massive vaccination program, officials in Duluth, Minn., said. About 3,000 people will be vaccinated beginning today, said Carol Thibault, director of the St. Louis County Department of Public Health. Four cases of the disease have been confirmed in the last two weeks.