Seven dead as meningitis outbreak reaches nine states

By Arturo Garcia
Saturday, October 6, 2012 19:54 EDT
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Seven people have died in a meningitis outbreak that has affected 64 people in nine states, The Associated Press reported Saturday.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its website Saturday to confirm that there have been cases connected to the outbreak reported in Minnesota and Ohio, joining Tennessee, Florida, North Carolina, Indiana, Michigan, Virginia and Maryland.

The AP also reported that 30 cases of the outbreak of aspergillus meningitis have been reported in Tennessee. All of them are being blamed on injections of a contaminated spinal steroid from the New England Compounding Center (NECC) used to treat back pain.

The family of one victim, Janet Russell, told the AP Russell has been in intensive care since being injected with the steroid at a Nashville hospital a month and a half ago.

“She has headaches, and she cannot eat,” said her daughter, Teresa Russell. “She cannot even take a sip of water and hold it down to take her medication orally, the medication she can take orally. And she has been sick for a very long time now.”

ABC News reported that NECC has recalled three lots of the drug and shut down operations.

The Associated Press report on the Russell family’s case, posted Friday, can be seen below.

Arturo Garcia
Arturo Garcia
Arturo R. García is the managing editor at Racialicious.com. He is based in San Diego, California and has written for both print and broadcast media, including contributions to GlobalComment.com, The Root and Comment Is Free. Follow him on Twitter at @ABoyNamedArt
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