Every day bring news about the large fungal meningitis outbreak that has affected residents across the country. This weekend was no exception. According to recent reports from NBC News, the infected count has risen to 197 patients in 13 different states. In addition, for the first time one of those new cases was identified in Illinois. As we have previously noted, the Illinois Department of Pubic Health has already explained that three APAC clinics in Illinois disbursed the spinal steroid injections. Those clinics include the APAC facility in Westchester, APAC in Lincoln Park, and at the Thorek Memorial Hospital. The IDPH explained that those patients affected shoudl already have been contacted and tested to determine if they’ve contracted the meningitis as a result of the injection.
Brain Membrane Infection
Meningitis is a serious brain inflammation and infection that can prove fatal if not properly treated. Most cases of meningitis are linked to pathogens like a virus or bacteria. However, it can also be caused by a fungus. That is what happened in this case, as several batches of a spinal steroid made at one compounding pharmacy were apparently contaminated. Those batches were sent to medical clinics across the country and eventually made their way into the patient bodies. The steroids were finally recalled in September but not before upwards of 13,000 patients received the injections throughout the summer.