Meningitis Cases Associated with Injectable Steroids

The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH), in conjunction with other states, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), continues to investigate an association between spinal injections and the development of meningitis as part of a larger multi-state investigation. 

As this investigation continues, the Department will post updates off its home page,
www.dhmh.maryland.gov  under “Meningitis Cases Associated with Injectable Steroids.”

 

DHMH continues to urge people who have new or worsening symptoms, including symptoms of meningitis or stroke, following an injection of methylprednisolone acetate from one of the seven Maryland facilities that received the implicated NECC lots to contact their healthcare provider to determine if further evaluation is indicated. Symptoms of meningitis can include fever, headache, neck stiffness, photophobia, nausea, or vomiting. Stroke symptoms can include but are not limited to double vision, slurred speech, weakness on one side of the body, or difficulty walking.

 

Facilities that have received and pulled from use the affected product are:

Berlin Interventional Pain Management, Berlin, MD

Box Hill Surgery Center, Abingdon, MD

Greenspring Surgery Center, Baltimore, MD

Harford County Ambulatory Surgery Center, Edgewood, MD

Maryland Pain Specialists, Towson, MD

SurgCenter of Bel Air, Bel Air, MD

Zion Ambulatory Center, Baltimore, MD

About Legionella

Legionella is a bacteria that can cause a type of pneumonia called Legionnaires' disease. The disease is caused by inhaling mist from water containing the bacteria. The bacteria are present in many different manmade and natural water systems. Each year, 8,000 - 18,000 people in the United States are hospitalized with Legionnaires' disease. The disease is usually treated successfully with antibiotics, but can sometimes be fatal. The disease is not spread from person to person. Certain groups of people are more likely to become seriously ill when infected with Legionella:
  • Elderly people.
  • Smokers.
  • People with chronic lung disease.
  • People with weakened immune systems because of disease or medications.
Symptoms of Legionaires' disease include high fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Other symptoms may occur including abdominal pain, diarrhea or severe body aches. See your primary care provider if you have symptoms.

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About West Nile Virus

West Nile virus (WNV) is a potentially serious illness. Experts believe WNV is established as a seasonal epidemic in North America that flares up in the summer and continues into the fall. 

The easiest and best way to avoid WNV is to prevent mosquito bites.

 The following steps may help you avoid contact with mosquitoes:

  • Stay indoors at dawn or early evening
  • Wearing long-sleeved shirts and long pants when outdoors
  • Use insect repellent containing an EPA-registered insect repellent and following package instructions
  • Get rid of mosquito breeding sites by:
    • Removing all discarded tires from your property
    • Disposing of any water-holding containers
    • Changing the water in pet dishes and replacing the water in bird baths weekly
    • Drilling holes in tires swings so water drains out
    • Keeping children's wading pools empty and on their sides when they aren't being used
For more information about West Nile virus and tips on how to protect yourself, please click here.
 

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