Alerts Readers to Possible Risk from Rare Fungal Meningitis Outbreak

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“This aspergillus-type of fungal meningitis is a very serious condition but can be treated with anti-fungal medications. Early diagnosis and treatment is crucial.”
-- Mark Rosenberg, M.D. reports the possible risk of contracting non-contagious, rare, fungal meningitis. Anyone who may have had an epidural steroid injection in the last month could be at risk.

USA Today [CDC Reports 11th Fungal Meningitis Death, October 9, 2012], reported that the number of people infected with fungal meningitis from these injections has risen 67% in just a few days time to 119. Eleven people have since died from this extremely rare form of fungal meningitis, caused by aspergillus – a type of fungus.

Severe infections have also been cited from aspergillus-contaminated batches of methylprednisolone acetate – a common steroid used in injections for the treatment of back pain. has made available a CDC’s list of clinics throughout the U.S. that could have contaminated epidural steroid injections.

In a CBS news report [Finding meningitis victims before it’s too late, October 8, 2012], relayed that there is a 1-4 week incubation period before symptoms may surface. Therefore, people who may have received one of these contaminated injections 2 weeks ago may not show symptoms until mid-late October. resident medical expert, Mark Rosenberg, M.D., reports the symptoms of fungal meningitis as: headache, dizziness, slurred speech, confusion, neck stiffness, nausea and vomiting.

“This aspergillus-type of fungal meningitis is non-contagious. It can only be contracted from receiving a contaminated steroid epidural injection. If you, or someone you know has had an epidural steroid injection from any of the clinics on the CDC’s list, or from another clinic, should contact their doctor for full evaluation to rule out meningitis.”

To read the full article, “Rare Fungal Meningitis Linked To Epidural Steroid Injections” and to view the CDC clinic list, please visit

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