The nationwide fungal meningitis outbreak is continuing to kill, claiming three more victims on Tuesday, October 30th, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The total death toll now stands at 28, with the new fatalities coming in Michigan (2) and Tennessee (1). These two states have been hardest hit, with Tennessee having 11 verified deaths.
Across the U.S., the disease, which spread from steroid injections distributed by the Massachusetts based company New England Compounding Center, has infected a total of 365 people in 19 states.
Originally thought to be restricted to steroid injections for back pain, cases of meningitis have now been additionally linked to hip, shoulder, elbow and knee joint injections.
Virginia currently has one fatality linked to the defective steroids, and this number may increase in the future. Lawsuits have been popping up in states across America, including Michigan and Minnesota.
The fungal meningitis outbreak is connected to 17,000 vials of methylprednisolone acetate produced by the NECC. Since then, a voluntary recall of all its products has been put in place.
Injuries from defective drugs can be serious, and in order to gain fair compensation for your suffering, you may want to contact a Virginia personal injury attorney.