Fungal Meningitis Outbreak Grows to Include Joint Infections
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been investigating the fungal meningitis outbreak that has now sickened over 250 people and contributed to 20 deaths. In Indiana, the number of confirmed cases continues to rise as 34 Hoosiers have contracted fungal meningitis and 2 have died.
In addition to these cases, 3 patients have been identified as having peripheral joint infections from possible contaminated steroid injections used to treat pain in knees, shoulders, elbows, or hips. At this time, no patients who have been treated for joint pain have died.
The CDC and public health officials are urging any patients who have symptoms that could indicate possible meningitis or possible joint infection to their physicians who can evaluate them further. The CDC has stated that patients who were injected in joints such as knees, elbows, and shoulders are not believed to be at risk for fungal meningitis but may be at risk for joint infection.
Fungal meningitis symptoms can be slow to develop. The CDC has suggested that symptoms may typically appear anytime between a few days after the injection to up to 4 weeks—and says that this may vary depending on the patient. Symptoms such as severe headache, neck stiffness, fever, and light sensitivity should be reported to a doctor. Fungal meningitis can be fatal without treatment.
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