The risk of developing meningitis in Texas is very real. Fungal meningitis cases in Texas are among the 331 non-fatal cases now confirmed in 18 states. Meningitis-related deaths now total 25, with Tennessee reporting the most illnesses and deaths.
The fungal meningitis outbreak currently spreading across the nation has been linked to a contaminated steroid injection developed by a specialty compounding pharmacy in Massachusetts. The steroid injection was intended as a pain reliever for severe back pain and has been injected near the spine of approximately 14,000 patients. The injection was reportedly formulated without preservatives, allowing fungus to grow in the drug. The fungus is believed to be a type of black mold and is thought to be “seeping” into the spinal cord of patients.
Fungal Meningitis and its Symptoms
Fungal meningitis develops when protective membranes covering the brain and spinal cord are infected with a fungus. Though rare, fungal meningitis is very serious and can be deadly. Fungal meningitis is not contagious.
Symptoms of fungal meningitis appear around one to four weeks after injection and include:
- Headache that is new or worsening
- Neck Stiffness
- Sensitivity to light
- Slurred speech
- Pain at the site of injection
See a doctor immediately if you are experiencing symptoms of meningitis.
Clinics with Contaminated Steroid Shot
Though additional clinics in North Texas are thought to be in receipt of the contaminated steroid drug, the CDC confirms two at this time:
- Dallas Back Pain Management
- Harris Methodist Southlake Center
Your Legal Rights
If you have been injured by a defective medication, you may be eligible to receive compensation for injuries, medical expenses, loss of income and more. You need a skilled attorney on your side. Call Crowe Arnold & Majors, LLP at (214) 231-0544 to discuss your rights.