A second person has died in Maryland, and the 37th person nationally, in connection with a fungal meningitis outbreak tied to tainted steroid injections, reported the Baltimore Sun.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said nationally 590 cases of fungal meningitis and 37 people have died from the national outbreak, tied to Framingham specialty pharmacy New England Compounding Center.
The company allegedly produced contaminated medications and shipped vials to clinics across the country, but not in Massachusetts, according to the CDC and the FDA. The Waverly Street company has since been closed.
NECC recalled every product in made back in October.
Last week, federal health officials released a report which identified products beyond the original steroids, that contained fungi and bacteria.
Besides fungal meningitis, patient have reported contracting arachnoiditis and other infections, too.
A raid of NECC by health officials discovered mold and other unsanitary conditions.
More than 70 lawsuits have been filed since the deadly outbreak began in October. Recently, a grand jury began investigation New England Compound Center, its owners and its employees for a criminal suit.
Recently, a federal judge has ruled any criminal case against a Framingham specialty pharmacy New England Compounding Center (NECC) would have priority over the numerous civil suits.
In November, two congressional hearings and one hearing at the Massachusetts statehouse was held on how this deadly outbreak could have happened.
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