The outbreak famously began at the New England Compounding Center (NECC) of Farmington, MA when the compounding pharmacy released tainted steroids. Over 14,000 of these tainted steroids were released across the United States, prompting federal investigation into the NECC and its practices.
Which States Were Affected?
Although tainted steroids were sent out across the United States, the recall of these tainted steroids prevented wider distribution. Many states were unaffected, but the following states saw cases:
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- New York
- North Carolina
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina
According to the Centers for Disease Control, the risk remains not only in new cases of fungal meningitis, but in reinfections of patients who previously received treatment. Many patients who have already been treated have suffered new outbreaks and infections. These patients have been encouraged to seek additional medical treatment to get this disease under control.
The following fungal meningitis symptoms could turn deadly:
- stiff neck
- nausea and vomiting
- phototobia (sensitivity to light)
- altered mental status
If you have been injured in the fungal meningitis outbreak, you should consult a skilled product liability attorney to ensure your rights are protected.