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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
July 3, 2013

Michigan Has Top Statistic in Contaminated Steroid Infections

JAMA. 2013;310(1):24. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.7264

Michigan has borne the brunt of spinal or paraspinal infections without meningitis that resulted from injections of contaminated steroids manufactured by a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy. Now public health researchers want to know why the state was disproportionately affected.

As of May 6, 741 cases of fungal meningitis and other fungal infections resulting in 55 deaths had been reported in connection with contaminated methylprednisolone acetate (MPA) lots from the New England Compounding Center in Framingham, Mass. The first of those cases was reported in Tennessee on September 18, 2012. All outbreak cases were fungal meningitis until early October, when some states, including Michigan, began to report cases of localized spinal and paraspinal infections from injections with the tainted drugs.