The Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) current fungal meningitis case count is now at 480 infected across the nation, with two cases in Illinois. The CDC states that of the 480 cases, there are 469 cases of fungal meningitis, stroke due to fungal meningitis, or other central nervous system-related infection. The remaining 11 cases are joint infections that include knee, hip, shoulder, and elbow. No deaths have been associated with these 11 cases of joint infections, however the death toll is now at 33. Along with the two cases in Illinois, some of the heaviest hit states like Indiana and Michigan are close or share our borders, and those who received steroid injections in Illinois should remain vigilant.
More specifically, Illinois residents who received spinal steroid injections at any one of the facilities that administered the tainted batches should be especially careful. These facilities are APAC Lincoln Park, Thorek Memorial Hospital in Chicago, and APAC in Westchester. As a reminder, symptoms of a possible infection include numbness, fever, severe headaches, speech issues, irritation or redness around the injection site, and a stiff neck.
In addition, those that have been infection should continue to monitor their symptoms as the CDC has reported that many persons infected with meningitis have returned to their doctors with new issues, including abscesses on the skin and full relapse. If any part of your injection site has grown you must seek medical attention immediately. This outbreak caused by the disgusting conditions at the New England Compounding Center continues to threaten any who received those injections.
Levin & Perconti has monitored and reported on this outbreak since the beginning. Our web page on the fungal meningitis outbreak lawsuits offers up to date information as this outbreak progresses. Our attorneys also understand the legal implications of an outbreak of this magnitude and know that those injured should be compensated for their pain and suffering. Our firm has successfully handled a significant amount of product liability cases because we understand the law and treat our clients and their families with respect and dignity. If you or a loved one has been to one of the aforementioned Chicago area facilities, or any of the facilities throughout the U.S. that used NECC medications, and are experiencing any symptoms of fungal meningitis, please contact your physician immediately. Additionally, please consider contacting our offices for a free consultation with a products liability lawyer to discuss your legal options.