It's such a sad, and avoidable problem that we have here in Michigan.

Most of us, I think, are aware that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration are coordinating a multi-state investigation of meningitis among patients who had received steroid injections.

These cases are associated with a potentially contaminated steroid medication prepared by New England Compounding Center (NECC), located in Framingham, Mass., who have since shut down production.

Here in Michigan, as of November 5, the case count associated with this is 119 total cases and seven deaths [61 cases of meningitis including seven deaths*, 51 epidural abscess, one stroke and six joint infections].

*One death associated with stroke, all others among patients counted as meningitis cases.

The Michigan deaths include:

Charlevoix County - 81 year old woman
Wayne County - 64 year old woman
Livingston County - 79 year old woman
Washtenaw County - 62 year old man
Genesee County - 56 year old woman
Livingston County - 67 year old woman
Washtenaw County - 78 year old woman

*One additional Michigan resident death is being counted as an Indiana case as that's where treatment occurred.

This is certainly a scary time for all Michigan residents and families, and I want you to have all of the information available. So, I have included a list of articles and web sites you can visit.

They include:

CDC Health Advisory: Meningitis and Stroke Associated with Potentially Contaminated Product
Case Definitions: Multistate Outbreak Associated with Injection of Potentially Contaminated Steroid Products

CDC Instructions for Clinical Teams Regarding Diagnostic Testing - Outbreak of Unknown Meningitis

CDC Interim Treatment Options - Outbreak of Unknown Meningitis

CDC DASH Form for STAT Specimen Submission

List of all products recalled by NECC

Contamination Identified in Additional Medical Products from NECC
Voluntary Recall of All Ameridose Medical Products

For up to date national information regarding the outbreak, visit the CDC Outbreak Investigation Page.