Although the reported cases of a rare fungal meningitis outbreak linked to contaminated injections distributed by a New England compounding pharmacy have slowed, doctors are still worried more may appear – and the 620 survivors nationwide are still not out of the woods.
According to WebMD, many of the victims have been hospitalized for months, not only for fungal meningitis, but also for secondary infections – and patients may be looking at six months to one year before they are completely recovered. As of yet, nobody has been completely cured. Thirty-nine people in 19 states have died. Florida has had 25 confirmed cases and three deaths have been reported.
The deputy chief for the Mycotic Disease Branch at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) told WebMD, “As far as we know, no one has been taken off medicines, and we wouldn’t recommend that now, it’s too early.”
What has made this outbreak particularly troublesome is its immense scope and the fact that many physicians have never seen this particular kind of fungal infection before. Also, doctors are finding that the incubation period for the infection may be longer than thought.
Most experts had assumed that patients that had been exposed to the contaminated injections and showed no symptoms after four months would be in the clear. However, there have been reports of fungal meningitis cases cropping up beyond the assumed 120-day incubation period.
One expert told WebMD, “I don’t think we’re done yet. I don’t think we’re at the end, but I certainly hope we’re close.”
If you believe you or a loved has contracted fungal meningitis or has suffered a secondary infection due to contaminated injections, the Florida pharmaceutical litigation attorneys at Farah & Farah can review your case and discuss your legal options. You may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, and other damages. We can be contacted online or call us toll-free at (800) 533-3555. Your consultation is free.