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U.S. record first fall in deaths from meningitis

Despite the slowdown, authorities warn that deaths from fungal infection should continue to occur for months

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The U.S. recorded a small deceleration in the registration of new cases of fungal meningitis on Sunday, but officials warned that deaths can still occur for months.

The latest figures released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show a total of 285 confirmed cases of infection with 23 deaths, in 16 states.

In Thursday (18), the FDA has confirmed the detection of fungus Exserohilum rostratum into vials of a preservative free steroid - methylprednisolone acetate

About 17 thousand doses of steroids were sent to various parts of the country from New England Pharmacy Compounding Center in Framingham, Massachusetts. The estimates from the CDC and FDA were 14 000 is used in the treatment to relieve back pain and joints.

After extensive work which was contacted each patient, the health authorities have been reinforcing applications for people who were treated with steroids and their physicians remain alert to symptoms such as headaches previously not diagnostic, fever, sensitivity to light, stiff neck, weakness or numbness in any part of the body and slurred.

Acompanhe os registros do CDC

   Palavras-chave:   Meningitis    Fungal meningitis    Meningitis deaths    CDC    FDA   
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