New cases of fungal meningitis related to contaminated steroid shots spiked in September and October 2012. Yet, the risk may not yet be over, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Last month, the CDC urged doctors to remain vigilant about possible new cases of this serious condition.
The Continued Risk to Patients Who Received Contaminated Steroid Shots
As of March 4, 2013, twenty states reported 720 cases of fungal meningitis. Forty-eight of the people who contracted this dangerous disease died. Those who have been infected by the tainted steroid shots and have not yet been diagnosed may have minimal or mild symptoms that can be difficult to diagnose. They may have had MRI scans, physical examinations, and other tests in the fall when the risk was first identified and been told they were not sick. However, some infections may have longer incubation periods than previously thought and patients who were exposed to the compromised shots may still be at risk of serious infection and illness.
What To Do If You Received a Tainted Steroid Shot in Illinois
If you believe that you were exposed to a methylprednisolone acetate injection from the New England Compounding Center, then it is important to talk to your physician about your all of your symptoms even if you think they are minimal.
It may also be important to speak with an experienced Illinois class action lawyer today about your rights and your possible recovery. The Gurnee office of Hupy and Abraham can be reached via this website or by calling 847-625-5500 or 866-625-2299.