Thankfully, to date, Georgia hasn’t received any reports of patients infected with the deadly fungal meningitis outbreak. However, according to the Georgia Department of Public Health, 189 patients received steroid injections for back pain that may be associated with the virus.
All patients were treated in Macon at the Forsyth Street Ambulatory Surgery Center (FSASC). Health officials have been in communication with the facility to help inform patients who may have been infected. The commissioner of the Georgia Public Health also stated that the FSASC in Macon is the only facility to have received the shipment of potentially tainted vials.
The fungal form of meningitis is not contagious, and, therefore, the only people affected are those who may have been treated with the contaminated steroid injection. The symptoms can take from one to four weeks to develop and any patients who experience symptoms of a persistent headache, nausea, vomiting, and fever are urged to seek treatment from their physicians.
The numbers continue to rise spanning across 15 states with 214 people having contracted the virus. Of these, 15 people have died.
If you or a loved one has been given a steroid shot recently for back pain and experienced any symptoms of this deadly fungal form of meningitis, you should contact the law offices of John Foy & Associatestoday at 404-400-4000. Our firm can assess your claim and get you maximum compensation you deserve.