State and Federal Probes of Nationwide Fungal Meningitis Outbreak

November 27, 2013

Boston US Attorney Carmen Ortiz is joining Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette in announcing new developments in a state and federal investigation of New England Compounding Center’s role in nationwide outbreaks of fungal meningitis.  The company sold steroid injection materials that have been linked to hundreds of meningitis and other infections around the country.

Meningitis, an inflammation of the lining surrounding the brain and spinal cord, can be a crippling, and even deadly infection that affects the central nervous system. Meningitis can be caused by bacterial infections, fungal infections, or viruses. Meningitis can be fatal within hours, so it’s important to know the symptoms.  The first symptoms are usually fever, vomiting, headache and feeling generally unwell.  Other symptoms of meningitis may include rash (anywhere on the body), sensitivity to bright light, lethargy or unusual sleepiness (difficulty waking), confusion and seizure activity.

Because a person suffering from meningitis can become seriously ill very quickly, if you suspect any of the above symptoms, you should trust your instincts and get the person to medical help as quickly as possible. Oftentimes, if detected early enough, meningitis can be treated successfully.  On the other hand, if not treated promptly enough, meningitis can case severe neurological injuries, brain damage and even death. The victims of poorly managed meningitis often suffer life-changing losses… crippling physical and economic damages and emotional tolls.

If you or a loved one has been injured by meningitis, we may be able to help you to take action.  Please contact the attorneys of Lane & Lane, LLC, or call us at 312-332-1400 to speak with us about your options. We can help.

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