Death toll rises in meningitis outbreak
The meningitis outbreak that has gripped multiple states across the nation, including Illinois, is growing. To date, 317 infections have been reported from the lot of contaminated steroid injections. The latest victim, a 16-year-old teen in Indiana, brings the total number of deaths to 24.
Karissa Klemm, a resident of Bristol suffered a back injury due to a trampoline accident, causing a herniated disk. A regular recipient of steroid injections, Klem received a recent injection and suffered symptoms of headache, nausea and neck stiffness fairly soon after.
The company that produced the tainted steroid injections, New England Compounding Center has been under fire in recent weeks and continues to be under investigation by the FDA. Since the outbreak, the company voluntary closed operations and recalled three lots of the medication sent to clinics in 23 states including Illinois.
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