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Spinal Steroid Causes Meningitis, Lawsuits Flood In

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This is just awful — 14 deaths have resulted from 185 cases of meningitis caused by a spinal steroid issued by the New England Compounding Center.

Because of that, there is a new class-action lawsuit being mounted and filed against the company for the "fungus contaminated steroid." The suit was filed by Barbe Puro, a Savage, Minn., resident, who was injected with the drug on Sept. 17 at a clinic in nearby Shakopee, Minn.

It didn't take officials long to figure out that the rare fungal meningitis was in tainted steroid shots for back pain that were custom-made by the New England Compounding Center.

Luckily, the steroid was recalled on Sept. 26 — but not before 75 facilities in 23 states had already received the recalled doses… 14,000 patients were treated with three recalled lots of the drug.

The CDC announced 15 new cases in the past six days, with victims having died in six states: six in Tennessee, three in Michigan, two in Florida and one each in Maryland and Virginia.

Here's what the source says should happen:

'Clinicians should contact patients who received potentially contaminated injections, the CDC has said. Once identified, patients with infections should be put on appropriate anti-fungal therapy.'

We're scared to see how high this number climbs.

I've you've had this injection, you should probably be checked out regardless of not having symptoms, which are: fever, a new or worsening headache, nausea and problems similar to those seen in a stroke.

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