The Number of infections in Maryland has doubled over past week and are now totaling sixteen according to The Baltimore Sun. Meningitis is an infection of the fluid surrounding the spine and brain. It is normally contagious but the CDC has indicated that the outbreak caused by defective injections is not communicable.
There have been 231 cases of meningitis across the country, caused when patients received spinal injections of the steroids to treat back pain.
At least fourteen people are dead, nationwide. One death has been reported in Maryland. The nationwide tally has nearly doubled since the first infection reports began surfacing.
Symptoms can take several months to begin appearing and individuals who have had spinal injections are urged to cautiously monitor for development of symptoms.
The steroids responsible for the outbreak were produced and distributed by the New England Compounding Center (NEEC) in MA..
Infections can be caused by injections of the steroids into joints, like shoulders or hips but can also be caused from using the injection as an epidural.
More information is available from the CDC.