What you need to know about multi-state meningitis outbreak
Reaction from Dr. Marc Siegel
- Duration 3:26
- Date Oct 9, 2012
Reaction from Dr. Marc Siegel
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-- -- -- -- -- -- developments in the deadly meningitis outbreak late last night hospital in Nashville announced the death another patient if confirmed that would bring the total deaths to nine now.
-- things right now doctor Marc Siegel practicing internist and associate professor of medicine NYU and part of our medical eighteen -- Siegel well where's this coming from all of that.
It's all from one pharmacy to New England compound in center in Massachusetts.
And so far it looks like there may have been thirteen thousand.
Exposures we've only seen about a 105 cases.
And has been eight deaths so far but people need to understand what this is so that they don't be afraid of it -- because knowledge congress fear and a lot of people out there are worried patients -- -- saying what is this can I get it.
But knowledge conquers fear -- the first point here is what is meningitis meningitis.
Is an infection of the lining of the brain.
In this case it is not contagious you can't get this Brian in less you had been shot.
That came from this particular pharmacy now what is this meningitis it's called fungal.
Basically there was a fungus -- rejoices its name that's in the air it's in the air it's in the soil it's all around us but it doesn't get -- sick.
Because it wasn't sterilized enough in this particular pharmacy it somehow got into.
The steroid injection that they were giving and then it ended up being sent around to several other states it's a contaminant.
If you sterilized properly you're not gonna get this in the big problem here is this the FDA does not have jurisdiction.
Over these and more we call middle -- pharmacies.
The manufacturer makes that the product in this case -- coach present this -- which is a steroid.
The middle man takes that steroid and puts it into the vial.
Tries to do it cheaply tries to save money there's 7500 of these pharmacies around the United States.
Many of them are very safe and some of them are not -- -- so they shut down everything that was being released from that pharmacy now but.
Everyone who got this injection well they automatically get -- that's a great question Gretchen no -- but the vast majority will not and the fact is.
If you attracted and you knew that you've got an injection that came from this pharmacy if a few weeks go by.
Maximum three or four weeks and you haven't gotten sick.
You're not gonna get -- -- what should people be on the lookout for again only if they've gotten something that comes from this pharmacy anyone that has it needs to worry about nothing.
If you got a shot from this pharmacy you have to be on the look -- for change in behavior.
Headache fever stiff neck.
Nausea and vomiting those -- the characteristic symptoms but it's a very influence kind of infection you it may be very mild.
If it gets quarter early -- Almost definitely going to be okay.
The very young the very old people with chronic illness should be on the look out if they had this we -- -- -- we control what -- contagious because there's a Michigan couple the wife died she got shot a husband was told.
Watch out for symptoms at this form you're saying is not contain no because it came in through the shot.
There's no way that this is contagious this is a very weak -- it's not traveling that way.
In this case is only traveling through the shut.
Fear of this is contagious.
People over personalize this -- sir I'm gonna be -- even watching this program we're gonna get calls -- can I get a -- get it.
You can't get it if you didn't get that shot doctor Marc Siegel thanks so much thanks very much all right meanwhile -- ten --