The fungal meningitis outbreak has finally struck the state Rhode Island.
As a Rhode Island meningitis attorney, this is cause for deep concern.
The recent outbreak of fungal meningitis, which has been linked to vials of steroid injections from the specialty compounding pharmacy The New England Compounding Center, has not only infected a new state…but has caused even more deaths as well.
On Monday, a new meningitis case was announced in our state of Rhode Island, becoming the 19th state to be affected by the meningitis outbreak.
As was reported here last week, it was just a matter of time before the meningitis outbreak touched the state of Rhode Island.
According to The Centers for Disease Control, only five states not yet affected by the outbreak are California, Nevada, West Virginia, Massachusetts and Connecticut.
But with over 14,000 vials of contaminated medicine distributed, its just a matter of time for those states report cases as well.
Rhode Island Meningitis Attorney: More Deaths Reported
Also yesterday, The Centers for Disease Control divulged that three more people have in fact, died from the meningitis outbreak, bringing the death count directed attributed to the outbreak to 28.
The CDC also reported that there are 363 current non-fatal cases in Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia.
So far Tennessee has the dubious distinction of having the most cases infected with a total of 11 so far.
In response to the meningitis outbreak, all products from the New England Compounding Center have been recalled and the pharmacy in Framingham, Massachusetts has been shut down.
Rumors abound that the pharmacy will declare bankruptcy.
According to reports, they have also retained legal counsel for what surely will be an onslaught of lawsuits and wrongful death cases against the firm.
As was reported by the Food and Drug Administration, staffers at the specialty pharmacy documented dozens of infractions of mold and bacteria in clean rooms and sterile pharmaceutical preparation areas. There has been no evidence that the New England Compounding Center made any attempts to correct the situation.
What Should You Do If You Feel You’ve Been Infected?
The first thing you should do is recognize the symptoms of meningitis and then seek medical treatment immediately.
Symptoms of meningitis include severe headache, nausea, dizziness, confusion, sensitivity to light and fever.
Meningitis oftentimes takes weeks to start exhibiting symptoms, so if you feel you may have been infected, seek medical attention immediately.
Speed of diagnosis and speed of treatment are the two keys to a successful clinical outcome.
Do I Need a Rhode Island Meningitis Attorney?
You certainly may need a meningitis attorney if you live in the state of Rhode Island. Someone who is well versed in all aspects of medical malpractice and in worst cases, wrongful death.
The Rhode Island meningitis lawyers at The Kevin P Landry Law Offices, have years of experience getting substantial claims settled for people who have been affected by outbreaks such as these, as well as medical malpractice and wrongful death.
Once you have gotten medical treatment, contact our office to see if we can help you.