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Fungal Meningitis Update – 14 More Reported Cases

Guy DiMartino Oct. 31, 2014

Northwest Indiana medical malpractice lawyer talks about 14 additional cases of fungal meningitis reported.

On October 8th the CDC outbreak chart noted 105 reports of fungal meningitis with 11 folks diagnosed in Indiana. On October 9th the CDC updated its outbreak chart noting 119 reports with no additional Indiana residents diagnosed with meningitis. You may be asking, NECC recalled the steroid on September 26th, why are people still showing signs and symptoms of meningitis? The answer is in the incubation period of the fungus.

What is an incubation period?

An incubation period is the time from exposure to an organism and the onset of a patient's symptoms. Incubation periods have been reported in the literature as short as 30 minutes for some diseases and years for other disease.

What is the incubation period for the fungus that is causing meningitis?

The reported incubation period for the offending fungus in the meningitis cases is anywhere between one and four weeks.

Signs & symptoms of fungal meningitis

If you have had an epidural steroid injection in the last month or so, you should be hyper-vigilant in monitoring any potential signs and symptoms of the condition. Signs and symptoms include:

  • Fever

  • Headache

  • Stiff neck

  • Nausea & vomiting

  • Light sensitivity

  • A change in mental status

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