WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – A deadly fungal meningitis outbreak has spread to more than 100 people nationwide, and two more people in Maryland.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says over 100 people across nine states have become ill following an outbreak linked to a steroid produced by a specialty pharmacy in Massachusetts.
The illness has killed eight people nationwide – one in Maryland and one in Virginia – with hundreds more being exposed after receiving a contaminated steroid injection.
Five people total have become ill in the state of Maryland, but the CDC says fungi spreads slowly, and expects more cases to arise in the coming months.
The affected steroid – most commonly administered to treat back pain – has been recalled and countless patients have been notified in Tennessee, Michigan, Virginia, Indiana, Florida, Maryland, Minnesota, North Carolina and Ohio.
The two Virginia locations where the injections were made have not been made public, although we know they are in the southwestern region of the state.
Patients from seven facilities in Maryland have been notified of potential exposure.
With the outbreak now being widespread, 105 meningitis cases have been confirmed resulting from the injections, and a total of 915 people have been directly exposed.