The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported at least 8 deaths and at least 105 cases of fungal meningitis linked to steroid shots administered for back pain. So far, cases have been reported in Michigan, Tennessee, Indiana, Virginia, Florida, Maryland, North Carolina, Ohio, and Minnesota. The steroids were produced by a company in Massachusetts, which has since recalled them.
Fungal meningitis is rare and usually contracted when fungus reaches the spinal cord through the blood stream. This illness may cause symptoms including, fever, stiff neck, headache, nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light and an altered mental state. In some cases it can even cause death.
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