480 sickened, 33 dead in fungal meningitis outbreak

CDC officials reported Friday that the fungal meningitis outbreak associated with contaminated steroid shots has sickened 480 people and claimed another life, bringing the total number of deaths to 33. The most recent death was in Indiana. U.S. News & World Report/HealthDay News (11/16)

Review: Steroid shots offer limited benefit for sciatica

Steroid injections into the spine, such as those tied to an outbreak of fungal meningitis, provide only small, short-term relief for sciatica-related leg and back pain, according to a review of 23 clinical trials involving more than 3,100 patients. “Given that the treatment effect is likely to be small and short term, patients with sciatica should discuss the potential risks involved in [steroid injections] with their doctor before agreeing to the procedure,” according to the study co-author. The study appeared in the Annals of Internal Medicine. HealthDay News (11/12)

Meningitis cases in U.S. reach 91

The total number of reported fungal meningitis cases has reached 91, including seven deaths, CDC officials reported Sunday. Nine states have been affected. Federal and state officials are investigating New England Compounding Center’s facility in Framingham, Mass., which made the spinal steroid injections linked to the outbreak. The company has recalled all products made at the facility, and last week federal officials advised against using NECC-manufactured products. Reuters (10/7), The Wall Street Journal (10/7)

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