DPH releases statement regarding meningitis outbreak

Posted: 10/03/12 at 7:10 pm EDT

UNDATED (WHDH) -- The following is a statement released by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health regarding the national meningitis outbreak.

STATEMENT FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH

BOSTON – The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) today released a statement regarding the investigation of the national meningitis outbreak:

“The Massachusetts Department of Public Health is collaborating with the CDC, FDA, and other state public health officials to identify the cause of an outbreak of more than 25 suspected cases of aspergillus (fungal) meningitis under investigation in Florida, Maryland, North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. The cause for this cluster of cases is not yet known. There are four products common to all of these cases. One medication, Methylprednisolone Acetate, a steroid, was prepared at the New England Compounding Center, Inc (NECC), a pharmacy in Framingham, Massachusetts. It has been recalled and quarantined as a precaution. NECC is voluntarily recalling all similar medications. In addition, at the request of DPH, NECC has agreed to voluntarily surrender their license to operate until this investigation is complete. The form of fungal meningitis in these patients is not transmitted from person to person. There are no known cases in the Commonwealth.”

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