Monday, October 15, 2012

Sketchy Drugs Made in Mass. Facility

In Massachusetts there has been an outbreak of deadly fungal tendinitis caused by an injected steroid. The steroid was contaminated  in the New England Compounding Center. The fungal meningitis has been linked to fifteen deaths so far. The disease isn't contagious and is spread only by the injection of the tainted steroid methylprednisolone acetate. The Center for Disease Control estimated that 14,000 with this kind of steroid last week. They aren't exactly sure how many people were injected with the contaminated steroid. There are about 200+ reported cases of the fungal meningitis cases. The usual symptoms are headaches, fever, nausea, stiffness of neck, confusion, dizziness, and discomfort from bright lights. The deadly symptoms are blood clots or small strokes.

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