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CDC says another 19 people diagnosed with meningitis in U.S. outbreak (over 230 cases now)
Yahoo/Reuters ^

Posted on 10/16/2012 4:49:34 PM PDT by nuconvert

Another 19 people have been diagnosed with fungal meningitis linked to possibly tainted vials of a steroid medication, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Tuesday, bringing the total number of cases to 231.

The CDC said there were two additional cases of infection in joints after a steroid injection but these were not confirmed as meningitis, bringing the total of infections nationwide to 233.

The death toll from the unprecedented outbreak was unchanged at 15, the CDC said.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: florida; fungalmeningitis; health; indiana; maryland; massachusetts; medicine; meningitis; michigan; newhampshire; newjersey; ohio; tennessee; virginia

1 posted on 10/16/2012 4:49:37 PM PDT by nuconvert
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To: nuconvert

Fox news just updated to 16 deaths.


2 posted on 10/16/2012 4:51:03 PM PDT by bigheadfred
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To: bigheadfred

Thanks for the update


3 posted on 10/16/2012 4:53:21 PM PDT by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: bigheadfred

Victims of ObamaCare.


4 posted on 10/16/2012 4:57:22 PM PDT by Uncle Slayton
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To: nuconvert

WTH was the sterilization protocol at this place of production?


5 posted on 10/16/2012 5:00:00 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Paladin2
sterilization protocol

Kill everyone.

6 posted on 10/16/2012 5:04:57 PM PDT by bigheadfred
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To: Paladin2

Was this compounding pharmacy specializing in preservative-free injectables?


7 posted on 10/16/2012 5:05:10 PM PDT by reformedliberal
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To: nuconvert

A whole bunch of insurers are preparing to bend over right now. Sheesh.


8 posted on 10/16/2012 5:10:10 PM PDT by Wally_Kalbacken
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To: bigheadfred

Any specifics on those who died?
Old? Young with weak immune system?

Just curious on capabilities to fight this.

Feel sorry for those sickened and died due to this.


9 posted on 10/16/2012 5:16:52 PM PDT by Morris70
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To: Morris70

I haven’t really heard much or followed it. But I think the one killing people was an injection site to stop severe back pain. Spine shots. I know a grandfather was a victim.


10 posted on 10/16/2012 5:21:42 PM PDT by bigheadfred
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To: bigheadfred

This is bad either way . Hopefully now they can spearhead it before it gets too bad.


11 posted on 10/16/2012 5:23:52 PM PDT by Morris70
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To: Morris70

because the fungus was in many cases injected into the epidural space healthy individuals will be equally effected as this is a sterile space with no circulating white cells normally

sounds like this place was cutting corners and mass producing medications without proper licensing..compounding pharmacies are only supposed to fill individual prescriptions


12 posted on 10/16/2012 5:28:29 PM PDT by longfellowsmuse (last of the living nomads)
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To: Morris70
The Massachusetts company faces multiple investigations and lawsuits over the tainted medication linked to the meningitis scare.

With this many cases and deaths it may have gone beyond "scare". It is a bad deal.

13 posted on 10/16/2012 5:32:26 PM PDT by bigheadfred
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To: Paladin2

Has anyone heard if the components or precursors of the medicine were sourced from outside the U.S., or from you know where?


14 posted on 10/16/2012 5:33:54 PM PDT by Freedom4US
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To: nuconvert

Just damn.Sitting here with 3 bulging lumbar discs weighing whether to have an epidural.The timing was right though, this news broke the same week I had my MRI


15 posted on 10/16/2012 5:45:12 PM PDT by Figment
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To: reformedliberal

Was this compounding pharmacy specializing in preservative-free injectables?

That is my understanding


16 posted on 10/16/2012 5:47:01 PM PDT by Figment
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To: Freedom4US

I know nothing about the situation but find the lack of facts about and lack news of investigation of the production facility curious. It’s almost like they are part of 0bamaCare.


17 posted on 10/16/2012 5:51:25 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Freedom4US
I know nothing about the situation but find the lack of facts about and lack news of investigation of the production facility curious.

It's almost like they are part of 0bamaCare.

18 posted on 10/16/2012 5:52:07 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Figment
Build your own rack.

I've found that my occasional back issues are relived by using a PAR Course apparatus at a park to hang almost upside down for a few minutes in the morning.

YMMV.

19 posted on 10/16/2012 5:55:43 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Figment
Build your own rack.

I've found that my occasional back issues are relieved by using a PAR Course apparatus at a park to hang almost upside down for a few minutes in the morning.

YMMV.

20 posted on 10/16/2012 5:56:08 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: nuconvert

My granddaughter was just diagnosed with bacterial meningitis, three days after visiting a major medical center for a post-op check-up. Is this just the tip of the iceberg? Can you only get meningitis from a direct injection or can it be transferred from active cases to the general population prior to diagnosis?


21 posted on 10/16/2012 6:01:03 PM PDT by MHT
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To: Figment

Mine, as well. However, that was only mentioned in passing in the first article I saw on the incident. After that, it was omitted, including the last ProMed posting I saw. Now, I am reading about greedy independent compounders who have put others out of business by providing products demanded by patients (and therefore by their physicians) and who must receive more regulation.

Had these injectables contained ingredients normally present in the products available from the large, extremely regulated pharmaceutical manufacturers, would that have protected them from Aspergillus contamination?

I like compounding pharmacists. I had a dog who would not take doxycycline in any form until my vet worked with a compounder to create a liquid formulation very high in chicken flavor. It was obscenely expensive, but it saved my dog from Lymes.


22 posted on 10/16/2012 6:35:29 PM PDT by reformedliberal
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To: MHT

It’s fungal, so unrelated to your granddaughter’s case. It’s not communicable, and most of the harm is in being directly injected into a part of the body the immune system doesn’t protect effectively, a “sealed space” of sorts.


23 posted on 10/17/2012 2:47:49 AM PDT by Fire_on_High (RIP City of Heroes and Paragon Studios, victim of the Obamaconomy.)
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