‘As of 2012, there were 12 deaths linked to fungal meningitis according to NBC. Source; “MELISSA DAHL AND MAGGIE FOX of NBC for this information.
A plethora of fungal meningitis cases linked to cortisone/steroid shots to help back pain had killed 12 people. The article went on to state “137 cases according to the latest numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention”. Most cases so far have been caused by a mold never to have been known to cause sicknesses such as meningitis.”
“Cases have been identified in 10 states: Florida, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee and Virginia. Ten of the people infected have been infected with a black mold called Exserohilum rostratum, CDC officials told doctors in a conference call on Wednesday. While at first the outbreak was linked to another mold called Aspergillus, just one of 11 patients whose tests have come back so far has been infected with that particular fungus.”
“Exserophilum has not been linked to meningitis before, Dr. Tom Chiller of the CDC’s Division of Foodborne, Waterborne and Environmental Diseases said. This makes it tricky to treat. So the CDC is recommending a strong intravenous cocktail of two antifungal drugs called voriconazole and liposomal amphotericin B for as long as patients can tolerate it.” “We realize these are two antifungal medicines that are toxic,” Chiller said. He said CDC is still trying to figure out the best dose and the best length of time to treat patients.”
“Both of the molds are found commonly in nature – in soil and on plants. Aspergillus can cause lung infections and has in rare cases caused meningitis. Exserophilum is not currently on the panel my lab offers, but I will investigate and follow up w/ another blog regarding this.
Douglas R. Whitehead II
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