Death count rising in meningitis outbreak
Drs. Samadi and Siegel weigh in
- Duration 5:29
- Date Oct 7, 2012
Drs. Samadi and Siegel weigh in
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Start with a very serious topic this morning to -- about this that meningitis outbreak it's pretty severe the CDC now reporting that seven people have died.
And more than sixty people have been infected across nine states.
From what's believed to be contaminated steroid injections.
Start to some -- what -- we need to know about this I mean.
If you do have got a steroid injection how do you know if you have this and and and what do you do this not just body -- I don't know -- you know it.
Actually is very serious and -- fatal disease.
This -- -- the media and the news meningitis is really -- formation.
But they're lining around the brain and the spinal cord so defects -- can get -- Whether it's bacterial or viral that's what we knew all this time of course back -- -- -- But bottom line it causes a lot of inflammation around the brain and as a result since his not a lot of space between -- skull and the brain.
It's fatal because it can kill someone as -- -- -- already seven death in over at nine states.
And -- but this one particularly is totally different this is from a fungal infection.
Which is totally different because this this steroid injections that nine million people get.
-- back -- it's a very popular epidural treatments.
-- some sort of -- contamination this is non contagious you cannot get -- from touching someone that's very important but still remains a very fatal.
That problem over here now over a thousand people probably is contaminated by this.
There's about 181000 -- as of this steroids are out there are some people need to know about the CDC is all over this part of the problem is.
Not from the manufacturers they're making good good medications it's going to some of these compounding centers in this one particular one is from New England.
And there are some fungal contamination that's there which is unfortunate FDA needs to really look into this seriously and make sure that this -- guy.
Is not messing around with his -- -- they -- -- -- these these people.
How do you know you have this well number one.
If you got any kind of steroid injections if -- duels between July of this year in September 28 you need to be aware of this and talked to doctor Jeff headache stiff neck.
Any -- nausea.
It -- make sure you go it's your doctor immediately because this is serious when it's caught early.
The treatment is very.
-- contributes very well and there -- some IV medications for anti fumbles.
Long treatment in the hospital but it's very effective and -- mixed together and symptoms you doctor.
So doctor Siegel -- for soccer this happened there with this compounding company or something fumble material in this.
-- -- -- get into that girls wanna -- some of the reports they're reduce -- here's the problem we have a huge drug shortage in the United States because of that we have things called compound in pharmacies.
They take a drug that you made there may be a shortage of and they feel they figure out a way to do it cheaper so the 7500 cities in the country one of them New England compound in senator.
They literally don't have the same kind of sterilization procedures that we want to see that you require.
And so something like desperate -- which is a fungus Eric could be in the air and you don't have the sterilizing could you need.
And somehow as they're mixing it into the vials the steroid into the vials.
It gets in there.
That's what's gone wrong here and that's why as David says the FDA has to step up supervision to these kind of pharmacies.
Now -- -- -- another key point you made it's not contagious so everyone watching us out there you shouldn't think you've got to get this if you didn't get one of these injections.
You're not you can't.
But you could get it if you had one of these injections that came from this particular compound in pharmacy.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- We're that drug come from did it come from that New England -- pharmacy than have to be on the look out after a few weeks.
You're not gonna get it.
Now that some of these symptoms are in doing meaning that you get -- really get paid to get -- -- is a key one with fungal meningitis you don't get the same rip roaring symptoms.
You get with bacterial meningitis so -- not gonna get that stiff when -- successfully.
Think -- is like fatigued tired no energy -- -- -- flu symptoms -- -- shut this place to how well and that's that's right but it's not just -- players I'm worried about the it they're showing this but I'm worried about the entire problem across the board that these compound to pharmacies.
Don't have to follow the rules but I have to tell you also made it.
Yes yes and no but there there -- 7500.
Of these compound in companies.
-- are actually be quite helpful I mean it's not just do it meaning that candidates say negative things about them.
They make a lot of medications that for example if you're allergic to something or for pediatrics for kids to make it right doses of it they -- -- -- leaders there.
3% of the medication this country.
He's done by these companies but that's supervision if you're going to just go after the manufacturers but you're not gonna go after the middle but it timing gets to the clients in the patients.
We have -- be probably remember we have also the title issues not long ago.
That was also another fungal infections so we just have to run a very tight chip to make sure this kind of you should not happen seven dead and unfortunately.
I anticipated over the next few days we're going to see more and more number of these people coming forward to final quick key points number one.
We've seen this with lettuce and spinach literally the same kind of -- started one state when it gets exported to other states it's very very hard to keep track of and the other point about oversight the FDA may need new regulations and new laws to be able to come into the middleman as David calls it and make sure that this is sterile.
Bottom line opted not to have these in --