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Meningitis Update

Florida was one of 23 states involved in the recent meningitis outbreak. Helpful information about the outbreak can be found here on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website, including a map of affected facilities, patient FAQs and related recalls. 

CDC highlights: 

  • The fungal meningitis in this outbreak is not contagious.
  • About 97 percent of patients who received contaminated injections from the New England Compounding Center (NECC) have been notified.
  • Typical meningitis symptoms include headache, fever, nausea and stiff neck; fungal meningitis may also cause confusion, dizziness and discomfort from bright lights.
  • Symptoms may be mild at first, including just slightly worsened pain, weakness or mild headache following an injection.
  • Symptoms typically develop in 1 to 4 weeks but may take longer, so patients are advised to watch for symptoms for several months after receiving potentially contaminated medication.