What You Need to Know About the Meningitis Outbreak
The CDC reported that seven people have died and more than 60 people have been infected from a meningitis outbreak caused by a steroid injection. Dr. David Samadi explained on Sunday Housecall that meningitis is the inflammation around the lining of the brain and spinal cord. This particular outbreak is from a fungal infection and is not contagious. The steroid injection is used to treat back pain and came from a center in Massachusetts.
How do you know if you have been infected? Dr. Samadi explained, “If you got any kind of steroid injections, epidurals, between July of this year and
September 28th, you need to be aware of this and talk to your doctor.”
Symptoms can include nausea, stiff neck, headaches and confusion. When caught early, this type of meningitis can be treated effectively.
How did this happen in the first place? The doctors have answers below: