Two of the central New Jersey medical outlets that dispensed the contaminated steroid report no cases of the deadly disease.
One of the 650 patients in New Jersey who received injections of a tainted steroid drug that has killed 11 patients in nine states has developed deadly fungal meningitis. The NJ Department of Health reported that the 70-year-old man, a Cumberland County resident, was hospitalized at South Jersey Healthcare Regional Medical Center at Vineland after complaining of fever and headaches. So far, there is no news on the man's condition. The announcement was the first fungal meningitis case in New Jersey linked to the contaminated vials. So far, 119 people have become infected 10 of the 23 states where the drug was dispensed, now including New Jersey, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) has said. Seven medical facilities in New Jersey received …
Advice from Steve Kairys, M.D. chairman of pediatrics at the Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune, NJ
Saturday, January 22, 2011
Steven Kairys, MD, MPH is the Chairman, Department of Pediatrics at K. Hovnanian Children's Hospital and Jersey Shore University Hospital, both in Neptune, NJ. He offered this information about the disease on Saturday. Meningococcal disease (Meningococcemia) causes 2,000 to 3,000 cases a year. Meningococcus is a bacteria, and humans are its only reservoir. It can live dormant in the nasal passages for long periods without causing disease, but can be transmitted to another person. It occurs more frequently in young children, and there is also an increase in teens ages 15-19. Three or four strains of the bacteria cause disease. It is acquired by the respiratory route and can invade the bloodstream quickly. It causes septic shock, bruising…