Contact: DOH Communications
Jessica Hammonds, (850) 245-4111
FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH CONFIRMS THREE MORE CASES OF FUNGAL MENINGITIS
~Florida total reaches 22 ~
TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Department of Health (DOH) today confirmed three additional cases of fungal meningitis associated with contaminated lots of methylprednisolone acetate. A 60 year old man and 36 year old woman who both received treatment at the Pain Consultants of West Florida in Escambia County, and a 50 year old man who received treatment from the Marion Pain Management Center in Marion County are the state’s newest cases. This brings the state’s totals to 22, including three deaths.
“Our Department of Health continues to collaborate with numerous organizations to protect the health of Floridians,” said State Surgeon General and Secretary of Health Dr. John Armstrong. “We assure our residents and visitors that fungal meningitis associated with this outbreak is not contagious.”
Nationwide, the number of cases of fungal meningitis related to contaminated steroid injections is 308 with 23 deaths across 17 states. This fungal meningitis is not contagious and cannot be passed from person to person.
The signs and symptoms of meningitis related to epidural NECC medication injections include fever, headache, stiff neck, nausea and vomiting, sensitivity to light and altered mental status. Symptoms for other possible infections related to NECC medications include fever; swelling, increasing pain, redness, warmth at injection site; vision changes, pain, redness or discharge from the eye; chest pain, or drainage from the surgical site (infection within the chest).
DOH and the Department of Professional and Business Regulation will continue to update the Department websites at http://newsroom.doh.state.fl.us/ or http://www.myfloridalicense.com/dbpr/. DOH has set up a toll-free hotline at 1-866-523-7339 for those who may have additional questions. The Department works to protect, promote & improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county & community efforts.