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Southlake Hospital Used Dangerous Steroid Linked to Meningitis

A horrific meningitis outbreak linked to a steroid that was used in lower back epidurals has been sweeping the nation. According to the most recent reports, there have been 91 cases of meningitis and at least seven deaths. Unfortunately, a Southlake hospital and back pain management clinic has admitted that they were using the steroid which contained the bacteria that can spark meningitis in patients. This Southlake hospital and one Dallas facility are the only two medical institutions in the state that had the steroid and used it on patients.

On Friday some locations received shipments of the recalled steroid but they were sent back. The Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital in Southlake allegedly received two shipments of the preservative-free methlyprednisolone acetate from a pharmacy in Massachusetts. The hospital believes that 114 patients were treated with the shot. Because the symptoms of meningitis can lay dormant for months, many of these patients may not know if they have contracted to illness for a while. The Texas Department of State Health Services says that it officially takes about one to four weeks to develop symptoms of this illness. People who have no symptoms of the illness may still be developing the condition. Meningitis causes the lining of the brain to swell, which can in turn cause a person to die if the pressure on the brain is too tenacious. So far, no cases have been identified in Texas.

The Centers for Disease and Control Prevention says that there is a high likelihood that any men and women who received the injection will fall ill. Because of this, they suggest that anyone who received the medication is tracked down immediately and tested for the disease. It is possible that if patients are identified quickly enough then they could be put on an antifungal therapy that can reverse the meningitis. Currently, a CDC representative says that the state of Texas wants to monitor injected individuals to make sure that they have not contracted meningitis. The CDC says that the medication is often attractive because an injection is easier to handle than a daily pill. The meningitis is the result of two different fungi that are in the steroid. These two fungi are Aspergillus and Exserohilum.

If you have been injected with the pain-killer and are at-risk to catching this horrible illness, then you can contact a personal injury lawyer to sue the hospital for their negligence. You can also litigate against the manufacturer who created the defective drug and distributed it to hospitals for use. You have the right to seek compensation when you are put in a harmful situation through no fault of your own. Contact a personal injury or medical malpractice attorney at Jackson Allen & Williams today if you are looking for a Texas attorney who can advocate for you in court.

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