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A Rapid Test for Fungus That Caused Injection Deaths Is Announced

A rapid detection assay has been developed to Exserhilum rostratum, the fungus primarily responsible for 39 deaths among patients injected last year with a contaminated steroid medication. The test can be used both for patient samples and for detection of contamination in lots of medication.

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Report Details How the Fungal Meningitis Outbreak Evolved and the Complexities of Providing Treatments

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As the number of fungal meningitis cases continues to rise, physicians across the country are faced with how best to provide the early treatment that can save lives. A University of Michigan Health System infectious disease expert is the lead author of a New England Journal of Medicine report detailing how the outbreak evolved and the complexities of providing anti-fungal treatments.

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George Washington University Experts Available to Comment on the Meningitis and Pharmaceutical Regulatory Problems

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Expert: Fungus at Heart of Meningitis Outbreak Rarely a Threat

Kathie Hodge, an associate professor of mycology, teaches medical and veterinary mycology and is an expert on the biodiversity of fungi. She comments on the fungus Exserohilum, the main culprit in the meningitis outbreak linked to contaminated medication that has claimed 42 lives and sickened almost 250 people in the United States.

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Expert Physicians Address Fungal Meningitis Outbreak

Four experts in anesthesiology, infectious disease and pain medicine discussed the recent U.S. meningitis outbreak in the Late-Breaking Education Panel, “The Fungal Meningitis Crisis,” on Sunday, Oct. 14.

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UMDNJ Expert Available on the Fungus Aspergillus

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U-M Experts Available to Address Meningitis, Pharmaceutical Regulations

There are now more than 100 confirmed cases and eight deaths from a national outbreak of fungal meningitis linked to steroid injections, according to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention. The steroid manufacturer, the New England Compounding Center, has issued a recall while health officials determine how many people may have received the injections for back pain. Nine states have reported cases and 23 received the recalled product.

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