Meningitis Cases Continue To Rise

Nov 29, 2012

Officials with Munson Medical Center say they’ve seen 37 illnesses possibly related to tainted steroid injections, and two confirmed cases of joint infections.

The number of cases continues to climb statewide, with Michigan topping the nation in illnesses related to a fungal meningitis outbreak. Michigan health officials have linked a total of 185 cases and 10 deaths to the outbreak. Those numbers include infections, as well as fungal meningitis cases, and a stroke.

All cases are linked to four facilities in Michigan that received and administered tainted medication, including one in Traverse City. Hospital officials say they believe all people who may have been exposed to the tainted medication have been notified.

Nationwide the Centers for Disease Control reports more than 500 illnesses spanning 19 states, and 36 people have died.