WUFT News

Four cases of fungal meningitis confirmed in Marion County

By on October 9th, 2012

Four fungal meningitis cases have been confirmed in Florida, according to Gov. Rick Scott. The national outbreak of this disease, which usually results from a spread of a fungus to the spinal cord,  has killed eight people.

Gov. Scott told members of the Florida Cabinet the outbreak in Florida appears to be under control. All four Florida cases are in Marion County, specifically affecting four people who received injections at the Marion Pain Management Center.

Those affected include three men, ages 87, 83 and 81. The fourth case affected a woman, 65.

Scott says nearly 700 have been contacted of the nearly 1,200 Florida patients who have been linked to facilities that received tainted medicine. These patients are in Miami-Dade, Orange, Escambia and Marion counties.

Dr. Corine Blackmore is an epidemiologist with the Florida Department of Health. Blackmore said these centers unknowingly purchased the contaminated drugs.

“We are working with them to contact all the patients that received the drugs,” Blackmore said. “All facilities have been working very very closely.”

Marion County Health Department Spokesman Craig Ackerman stresses the situation is contained now and will not spread.

“There is no fear of this spreading from person to person,” Ackerman said. “The public does not need to to be worried about being around people who have been infected.”

Ackerman said if someone received one of these injections, he or she should check with a health care professional, even if the symptoms are mild.

Cassandra Vangellow edited this story online. 


This entry was posted in Florida, Health and Science, Local and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.
 

More Stories in Florida

Scott Richardson, 52, co-owner of Northwest Seafood Inc., fillets fresh-caught red grouper purchased from one of Northwest Seafood’s trusted fisherman in Yankeetown, Florida. “It pays to know your fish man,” said Lee Deaderick, Richardson’s business partner.

Florida Fishermen Face Fierce Competition

Florida fisherman are concerned with the growing taste for imported fish. As imports from other countries increase, questions of ethics and safety are floating to the surface.


BearHunt1

Protestors Voice Concern Over Proposed Bear Hunt

Protesters voiced their opposition to the proposed bear hunt on Monday outside of the Ocala office for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission. The FWC is expected to vote on the issue Wednesday.


John King, recreational fisherman from Dunnellon, Fla., shows off a red snapper caught during the 2013 season. King said recreational fishermen should have longer than 10 days to catch and keep red snapper this year.

Amendment 40 Splits Red Snapper Season, Extending For Charters

Red snapper season was divided on June 1 into two recreational sectors: federal for-hire charter captains and private recreational fishermen. The season for recreational fisherman will be limited to 10 consecutive days, ending at 12:01 a.m. on June 11.


House, Senate Still Stuck in Health Debate

Florida legislators began a special session Monday to pass a budget for the year beginning July 1. But the House and Senate are still in a stalemate over whether to adopt a Senate proposal use Medicaid expansion money from the Affordable Care Act to help lower-income Floridians purchase private health insurance.


Court Limits Damages In UCF Player’s Death

The Supreme Court ruled Thursday the parents of University of Central Florida football player, Ereck Plancher, are limited to collecting $200,000 in a lawsuit they filed against UCF Athletics Association, Inc. Plancher collapsed and died in March 2008 after off-season football drills supervised by football coach George O’Leary.


Thank you for your support

WUFT depends on the support of our community — people like you — to help us continue to provide quality programming to North Central Florida.
Become a Sustainer
I want to support FM 89.1/NPR
I want to support Florida's 5/PBS
Donate a Vehicle
Underwriting Payments