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Deadly Meningitis B Targets College Students

Posted 3 Jan 2019 by

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 2, 2019 – College students face a much higher risk for the deadly bacterial infection meningitis B, a new analysis shows. Investigators from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that students who were aged 18 to 24 were 3.5 times more likely to contract meningitis B than their peers who were not in school. The research team, led by Dr. Sarah Mbaeyi from the...

Doctors Not Talking About Newer Meningitis Vaccine

Posted 20 Aug 2018 by

MONDAY, Aug. 20, 2018 – Many U.S. doctors aren't telling teenaged patients and their parents about a newer vaccine for potentially deadly bacterial meningitis infections, a new study finds. Bacterial meningitis is an infection of the brain and spinal cord. It is uncommon in the United States, but sporadic outbreaks occur – often on college campuses, where close quarters make it easier for the...

U.S. Deaths From Infectious Diseases Decline, But Not Everywhere

Posted 27 Mar 2018 by

TUESDAY, March 27, 2018 – Though fewer Americans are now dying from infectious diseases, great disparities persist across the country, a new study finds. Between 1980 and 2014, just over 4 million Americans died from infectious diseases. But while overall infectious disease deaths have dropped almost 19 percent, death rates differed widely by county. A number of factors fuel these disparities,...

FDA Medwatch Alert: Fungal Meningitis Outbreak

Posted 25 Oct 2012 by

[UPDATE 10/24/2012]  The updated list of customers (consignees) who were shipped product on or after May 21, 2012 from the New England Compounding Center’s (NECC) Framingham, MA facility is now posted at the FDA website. The technical problems with the previous list have been corrected. You can obtain information about the outbreak by calling the FDA’s Division of Drug Information line at 855-54...

FDA Medwatch Alert: Fungal Meningitis Outbreak

Posted 22 Oct 2012 by

FDA provides NECC Customer List  [UPDATE 10/22/2012] FDA is making available two lists of customers (consignees) who received products that were shipped on or after May 21, 2012 from New England Compounding Center’s Framingham, MA facility. The first list includes customer names and addresses, organized by state. The second list contains the same basic information as the first list, but is orga...

FDA Medwatch Alert: FDA Statement on Fungal Meningitis Outbreak: Additional Patient Notification Advised

Posted 16 Oct 2012 by

[Update 10/16/2012] On 10/15/12 the health care facility notified CDC that the initial report of two transplant patients has been revised to one patient who received cardioplegia solution from NECC. The 10/15/12 statement has been revised to reflect this information.   [Posted 10/15/2012] ISSUE: As a result of the ongoing investigation of New England Compounding Center (NECC), a patient with ...

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