CDC web-site has latest on fungal meningitis outbreak
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), as of 4pm CST on Thursday, Oct. 18, the fungal outbreak associated with contaminated steroid injections has claimed 20 lives, and there have been 257 reported cases across several states. This form of meningitis is not contagious. The CDC also states: The investigation also includes fungal infections associated with injections in a peripheral joint space, such as a knee, shoulder or ankle.
Phil Williams, Director of Edward Hospital’s Pharmacy Department, reports that NONE of these recalled products was used at Edward Hospital.
Three Illinois facilities are on the CDC’s list of facilities that received the recalled products (two in Chicago, one in Westchester). Naperville, Illinois (IL) - Edward Hospital and Health Services