At least eight people have been confirmed dead as the result of the meningitis
outbreak caused by contaminated steroids. Officials fear this number will
climb much higher. As many as 13,000 people have received the steroid
shot containing the meningitis causing fungus, and as of Monday, 105 people
nationally were sickened by the outbreak. It is unknown how many California
and San Francisco residents are at risk for infection.
Fungal meningitis is characterized by an inflammation of the lining of
the brain and spinal cord. The risk of an infection is greatly increased
when a patient receives a steroid shot in the back, as any contaminant
may come in direct contact with that lining.
If you or someone you love has received a steroid shot and may have been
contaminated, it is important to consult with a top
San Francisco meningitis law firm right away.
fungal meningitis include the following:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Severe headaches
- Stiff neck
- Sensitivity to light
Although the symptoms may be mild at first, seeking medical attention right
away is important to ensure you get the help you need before the illness
progresses. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) fungal meningitis
symptoms show up anywhere from one to four weeks after patients received
Investigators believe that a steroid medication – known as preservative-free
methylprednisolone - produced by a specialty pharmacy is the source of
the outbreak after finding at least one sealed vial contaminated with
the fungus. However, the potential for harm is widespread. Around 17,7000
single-dose vials of the steroid were distributed throughout the country.
Last month the first reported case of fungal meningitis was diagnosed
in Tennessee. New England Compounding Center of Framingham, Mass., issued
a recall of the drug along with all other products it manufactures.
For more information or if you believe you or a loved one may have been
contaminated, please contact the experienced
California meningitis lawyers at Bostwick & Peterson, LLP right away. Our firm has a long history
of helping individuals and the families of those infected with meningitis
obtain the compensation they deserve.