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November, 2012

  • 3 November

    Meningitis outbreak toll reaches 400

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    The fungal meningitis outbreak linked to tainted steroid injections has now sickened over 400 people and claimed the lives of at least 29 more. The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced today that 404 cases have been found in 19 states, 395 of them are fungal meningitis …

October, 2012

  • 25 October

    Fungal meningitis posing a challenge for health officials

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    The national total has reached 323 cases of fungal meningitis since the outbreak, linked to steroid injections, began and doctors are struggling to figure out how to handle the crisis. 11 new cases have been reported in the past 24 hours alone and outbreaks are being reported in 18 states …

  • 16 October

    New drugs investigated in meningitis outbreak

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    15 people are dead and investigators are now looking into two more drugs manufactured by the New England Compounding Center according to FDA officials. The company’s steroid injections have already been linked to most of the fatalities but investigations have been launched into a death that may have been caused …

  • 11 October

    Death toll rises in meningitis outbreak

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    The CDC announced today that an additional 1,000 people more than previously thought may have received steroid injection contaminated with fungal meningitis. The CDC raised their estimate from 13,000 possible victims to 14,000 today as officials try to determine how a disaster of this magnitude could have been allowed to …

  • 9 October

    Death toll from meningitis outbreak on the rise; 13,000 may be infected

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    100 people have already been sickened and 8 killed by a contaminated batch of steroid injections and with an estimated 13,000 people exposed health officials are scrambling to control the outbreak. The injections were contaminated by a strain of fungal meningitis at their Massachusetts manufacturer and have since been shipped …

  • 5 October

    Steroid related meningitis scare spreads to 23 states

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    Health officials all over the country today are scrambling to warn doctors and patients about a contaminated batch of steroid injections that has already claimed 5 lives. The routine steroid injections have become contaminated with a type of leaf mold fungus that causes a rare form of meningitis. Officials realized only yesterday …

September, 2012

  • 6 September

    First West Nile Death Reported in Washington DC

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    Health officials in the District of Colombia announced today that the city has experienced its first West Nile death and that another local has been hospitalized because of the virus. While the numbers are about on par with recent years for Virgina, DC and Maryland it has overall been a …

August, 2012

  • 24 August

    New Cases of West Nile Virus Reported in Southern Cook County

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    The Cook County Department of Public Health has added to the number of reported West Nile Virus cases. “While we do not want to alarm residents, residents need to understand that the virus is everywhere in suburban Cook County and they need to take basic, easy precautions to prevention against …

  • 22 August

    CDC: Worst Year Ever for West Nile Virus

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    According to the Centers for Disease Control 2012 may be the worst year ever for the West Nile Virus. According to a recent statement from the CDC 1,100 people across the country have already been infected and the virus is responsible for 41 deaths. Just the last few weeks the …

  • 16 August

    West Nile Threat Causes State of Emergency in Dallas

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    In light of what is being called the worst outbreak of West Nile virus in years, the city of Dallas, Texas has declared a state of emergency after the virus caused 200 to become ill and claimed 10 lives. Already this year West Nile virus has caused over 700 people …

July, 2012

  • 25 July

    Lab Tech Creates Hepatitis Outbreak in 8 States

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    So far hospitals in at least 8 states are scrambling to find out home many of their patients came into contact with a man suspected of spreading hepatitis and they fear the numbers may be in the thousands. Lab technician David Kwiatkowski, who is infected with hepatitis C, is believed …