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-- -- there are more developments this morning in the deadly meningitis outbreak that has claimed the lives of fourteen people.
The number of confirmed cases now at a hundred at 85 across twelve states.
It's roughly 141000 have been exposed to the recalled drug so will we see more cases and could you be at risk joining us now doctor Marc Siegel associate professor of medicine and -- you and part of our medical eighteen doc.
Nice this year as the morning -- -- there's a new headline this morning on this new fungus that they have discovered right.
Absolutely the new headline is that in Tennessee where most of the cases are they have found a second fungus that's associated with a not just the one we've been talking about which actually means they're not doing period the long period of time before you can actually get sick.
Is a lot longer than we thought it can be several weeks however if you haven't gotten sick if you received one of these shots that look like you cannot get sick.
In -- you received a shot not contagious it is not contagious you could only get sick if you received a shot that came from this particular.
New England compound -- senate which has since been closed down.
The Centers for Disease Control is tracking all of the thirteen thousand cases.
Where they may have been exposed and we're finding about a one to 2%.
Incidents of people getting sick from this is for fever.
You look for stiff neck you look for Malays or you just not thinking clearly or headache and -- sensitive to the light those are the most common symptoms.
I do not want people out there to be thinking about this in the last they receive one of the show.
OK but the reason that this outbreak keeps growing.
Is because on the.
That's right you -- between the time that you actually got the shot and you get sick can be several weeks.
But the longer time it is the much less likely it is let's be clear about what type of shot it is it's not just to a lot of people going getting flu shots right now should they beacons -- what type of shot was this for that I agree that's a great point actually the only ones we found so far or something where they literally put it right into your spine but.
There is that there is an alert to make sure that anyone that got a shot from this pharmacy whether it was something a shoulder or something in the back.
Could they also get an infection from that so far we're only finding -- from this from the -- It's safe medication called methyl present this alone which is a form of steroid.
But it's not coming from the manufacturer it's coming from this middleman and the FDA doesn't generally able to reach in and regulators and you could actually just go to your doctor and say where did this come from what's which steroid is it.
I never even heard of a compound in pharmacy and told this outbreak are they more dangerous.
Well the southern 500 of them in the United States I wouldn't it make a broad statement that there are more dangerous but I'll tell you one thing.
They're creeping up in part because we have a big drug shortage and because these medications are so expensive.
So compound in pharmacy comes and they can do it for cheaper they put it together in a way that's tailored to specific needs and the states usually look over them not the FDA but the FDA.
Is that an organization that is good looking for sterility.
Are you following -- start sterile way because this fungus is in the air Allison is only got in there because somebody wasn't following the right protocol.
So to be clear if you with had a shot recently in your spine or even on your arm from one of these compound in pharmacies check with your doctor to see if this medicine was -- -- accentuate clean it is only one -- pharmacy it's not as.
It's got to be -- one up.
He's got to do this when -- met in Massachusetts -- but this is a reminder for us.
If you're getting a shot there's always a risk of introducing a farm body you know what an infection into your body people should realize do -- need this shot.
In -- scare anyone out there -- I think.
The fact that it's not contagious should make people very calm.
But this is a wake up call for people did you need that back shot you know if it if every time you put a needle in your body -- particular risk of introducing an infection.
Ask yourself that question our doctor Marc Siegel thanks thanks -- immigration exemptions coming up on this.
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