Multistate Meningitis Outbreak Investigation
October 11, 2012 4:30 AM EDT
- As of October 10, 2012, CDC’s fungal disease laboratory has confirmed the presence of the fungus Exserohilum in 10 people with meningitis and the fungus Aspergillus in one person with meningitis.
- Clinicians should continue to contact patients who have received medicines associated with three lots of preservative-free methylprednisolone acetate (80mg/ml) from the New England Compounding Center (NECC) that were recalled on September 26, 2012. The potentially contaminated injections were given starting May 21, 2012. See updated Clinician Guidance webpage for more information.
- CDC's guidance to patients has not changed as a result of the expanded voluntary recall of all NECC products, announced October 6. Patients who feel ill and are concerned about whether they received a medication from one of the NECC products recalled on September 26 should contact their physician.
- Onset of symptoms is typically 1 to 4 weeks following injection, but there are also reports of shorter and longer periods of time between injection and onset of symptoms. See updated Patient Guidance.