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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
December 11, 2013

Military’s Search for Meningitis Cases Linked With Contaminated Steroids

JAMA. 2013;310(22):2391. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.283229

The Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center (AFHSC) joined forces with Tricare Management Activity last year to locate military members who received injections of contaminated steroids that caused the largest reported outbreak of fungal meningitis.

Tricare manages medical and dental plans for Department of Defense (DoD) employees, including active-duty service personnel. Even though military treatment facilities hadn’t received any of the contaminated methylprednisolone acetate (MA) from the New England Compounding Center in Massachusetts, DoD officials were concerned that some of the department’s health care beneficiaries may have been exposed through treatment received outside of the DoD medical system.