Wherein we ponder vexing issues in infection prevention and control, inside and outside the hospital.
Monday, October 29, 2012
Fungal meningitis outbreak still unfolding
The fungal meningitis outbreak continues to expand. At this point, there are 347 cases of central nervous system infection (meningitis or stroke) and 7 joint infections, with 25 deaths. The outbreak now involves 18 states with an estimated 14,000 patients exposed to contaminated methylprednisolone from the New England Compounding Center. Exserohilum has been recently cultured from unopened vials of the product and is the predominant pathogen in the outbreak.