Update: Multistate Meningitis Outbreak

October 8, 2012


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is posting updates on its investigation of occurrences of fungal meningitis that may be linked to epidural steroidal injections.

As of Monday, October 8, 105 cases had been reported in nine states, including eight deaths. This form of meningitis is not contagious.

The CDC is advising clinicians to actively contact patients who have received medicines associated with three lots of preservative-free methylprednisolone acetate (80mg/ml) recalled on September 26. The potentially contaminated injections were given starting May 21, 2012.

Specific clinician and patient guidance documents, as well as updates on the situation, are posted on the CDC website.