The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has announced a second death in Maryland as a result of the fungal meningitis outbreak that has been linked to tainted steroid injections.
We first told you in October that an outbreak of fungal meningitis was affecting several states including Maryland. Meningitis, a serious and potentially fatal infection near the brain and spinal cord, can cause brain damage or death. The CDC states that they have received 25 reported cases in Maryland, including the two deaths.
The CDC’s website shows the second death was reported sometime within the past week, though state health officials don’t have any details yet about the latest death. The CDC has reported that 590 illnesses and 37 deaths nationwide are now linked to the New England Compounding Center in Massachusetts.
Once again, the hospitals and medical facilities which have received these drugs (in 23 states) can be found here. In Maryland, the facilities are:
- Baltimore Pain Management (Baltimore)
- Berlin Interventional Pain Management (Berlin)
- Box Hill Surgery Center (Abingdon)
- Greenspring Surgery Center (Baltimore)
- Harford County ASE, LLC (Edgewood)
- Pain Medicine Specialists (Towson)
- Surgcenter of Bel Air (Bel Air)
How Do I Know if I have a Maryland Meningitis Lawsuit?
Call our product liability lawyers at 1.800.553.8082 to find out if you have a steroid meningitis lawsuit. Even if you are not sure if you have meningitis, but you received a steroid shot at one of the affected Maryland (or other state) facilities, or if you have been instructed to go to the doctor or hospital for testing, we can help. You can also contact us online.
For More Information
- CDC Comments (December 10, 2012)
- FDA Statement (October 5, 2010)
- FDA Q&A on Fungal Meningitis Outbreak (October 7, 2012)
- CDC Health Advisory (October 4, 2012)
- CDC: Patient Guidance (October 10, 2012)