Meningitis wave in the United States: authorities have pharmaceutical companies searched
Over 200 people are affected by the meningitis wave in the United States. 15 people have already died. The reason is a fungus-contaminated medicine for pain. The prosecutor's office today instructed the police and regulators to search the manufacturing facility of pharmaceutical company NECC. Investigators are hoping for more information on the causes of the outbreak.
Due to contaminated medications, over 200 people in the United States have contracted life-threatening meningitis. 15 people have already succumbed to the infectious disease. To investigate the exact circumstances, investigators from the FDA and the police have searched the manufacturing facilities and premises of the pharmaceutical company NECC in the state of Massachusetts. Agency spokeswoman Sara Clark-Lynn said: "The purpose of the investigation is to clarify the extent and exact cause of the meningitis outbreak. That is part of the ongoing investigation. ”
Two contaminated agents identified as triggers According to health authorities, at least two drugs could be responsible for the outbreak of the meningitis wave. Both drugs were manufactured by the pharmaceutical company New England Compounding Center (NECC). Currently, fifteen states of the United States have 233 patients with meningitis associated with the contaminated syringes. It is certain that "the disease has already caused 15 deaths". According to the current state of knowledge, most of the affected patients "had been given a pain injection into the spinal canal before meningitis". Since it is a fungal infection, the infection is not contagious. Health experts believe that the number of patients will continue to increase.
Typical symptoms of fungal meningitis are, according to FDA experts, headache, stiff neck, nausea and vomiting, and fever. Because the symptoms can also indicate flu, the disease is often discovered very late. As the "Center for Disease Control and Prevention" announced, "Patients with fungal meningitis also experience symptoms such as dizziness, confusion and sensitivity to light". (sb)
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