Florida Department of Health Announces New Case of Fungal Meningitis

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Contact: DOH Communications
Jessica Hammonds, (850) 245-4111

FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH ANNOUNCES NEW CASE OF FUNGAL MENINGITIS
~Statewide total reaches 25~

TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Department of Health (DOH) today reports one additional case of fungal meningitis associated with contaminated lots of methylprednisolone acetate from the New England Compounding Center (NECC). A 73-year-old man who received treatment at the Florida Pain Clinic in Marion County is the state’s newest case bringing the total to 25 cases, including three deaths.

“Florida’s 25th patient with fungal meningitis related to contaminated NECC steroid injections reminds all of the importance of vigilance in this outbreak,” said State Surgeon General and Secretary of Health Dr. John Armstrong. “The Department continues to monitor this evolving situation and urges any individual who received contaminated steroid injections to seek immediate medical attention if they are experiencing any symptoms.”

As of December 4, the number of nationwide cases of fungal meningitis related to contaminated steroid injections is 541 with 36 deaths across 19 states. Fungal meningitis is not contagious and cannot be passed from person to person.

The signs and symptoms of meningitis related to epidural injections with NECC medications include fever, headache, stiff neck, nausea and vomiting, sensitivity to light, numbness or weakness on one side of the body or other, and altered mental status. Symptoms associated with spinal abscesses related to the NECC medications include pain and swelling at the site of injection. Individuals presenting with joint infections related to NECC medications may have 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 will continue to update our website at http://newsroom.doh.state.fl.us/.

The Department works to protect, promote and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county and community efforts.

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