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* NOTICE REGARDING FUNGAL MENINGITIS OUTBREAK * 10/09/2012

A recent outbreak of Aspergillus (fungal) meningitis has been linked to “methylprednisolone acetate” steroid injections into the spine to treat back pain.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the steroid came from the New England Compounding Center in Framingham, Mass., a specialty pharmacy that recalled three lots of the drug and shut down operations as a result.

Englewood Hospital did NOT purchase any methylprednisolone acetetate (PF) injection that has been recalled from New England Compounding Center (NECC).

All products purchased from NECC in the hospital have been retrieved by the pharmacy to be shipped back to the company for patient safety.

As of October 8, nine states have reported 105 cases including eight deaths. Symptoms have been appearing between one and four weeks after patients received shots. They include headaches, fever, nausea, neck stiffness, confusion and/or dizziness.

According to the CDC, the form of fungal meningitis that has been identified is not contagious. The source of the fungus has not yet been identified, and the cause of infections in the other patients is still being assessed.

Additional information about the outbreak is available on the CDC's website at http://www.cdc.gov/HAI/outbreaks/meningitis.html

 
About Englewood Hospital and Medical Center
 
Englewood Hospital and Medical Center provides the highest level of compassionate, patient care and safety through a broad range of advanced clinical programs, treatments and diagnostic services. It is renowned for its bloodless medicine and surgery program, cardiac and vascular programs and its leadership in breast care, oncology and joint replacement services. Through its affiliation with the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and the Mount Sinai Consortium for Graduate Medical Education, this acute-care and community teaching hospital trains medical residents in many disciplines, including internal medicine, critical care medicine, surgery, pediatrics, podiatry, and pathology.   Additionally, many members of Englewood Hospital’s medical staff serve as faculty at Mount Sinai. Englewood Hospital has earned numerous accreditations from the Joint Commission and other organizations and is among the four percent of hospitals nationwide honored with the prestigious Magnet nursing award, a distinction that has been earned three times by its nursing staff.