Rare Fungal Meningitis Outbreak Spreads To Six States : Shots - Health Blog : NPR:
"It's a troubling story authorities think will unfold over the next month or so. An untold number of Americans who got steroid injections in their spine to relieve back pain may end up with a rare fungal meningitis. The drug was contaminated with the spores of a common leaf mold — nobody knows how.
Dr. Lucille K. Georg/CDC - [includes a photo of the] head of an Aspergillus fungal organism, a common leaf mold that most people breathe in every day without getting sick.
So far, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recorded 35 cases of the fungal meningitis in six states: Tennessee, North Carolina, Florida, Virginia, Maryland and Indiana. Five patients have died."
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