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Suspected meningitis epidemic kills 745 in Nigeria

Abuja - A meningitis outbreak in Nigeria has killed 745 people, an increase of more than 50 percent in barely a week, officials said Wednesday, sounding the alarm over the feared epidemic.

Alberta couple guilty after son died from meningitis

Lethbridge - The parents were convicted of failing to provide the necessities of life for their 19-month-old son Ezekiel who died in March 2012. The toddler became ill and was treated with natural remedies and medical help was sought only after he stopped breathing.

Cracking down on fungal meningitis

The brain disease meningitis is caused by different microorganisms. One of the most difficult forms to detect and treat is fungal meningitis. Researchers have a new approach to treat the disease.

NECC pharmacy fungal contamination owners arrested

Two co-founders along with 12 other former employees of a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy, linked to a fungal meningitis outbreak that killed 64 people, have been arrested. One charge is second-degree murder.

Bacterial meningitis incidence falls in the U.S.

Advances in the prevention and treatment of bacterial meningitis appear to be paying dividends in the U.S. A new report has revealed a significant drop in prevalence and mortality following the introduction of new treatments.

The fungal meningitis outbreak, one year on

A year ago, Digital Journal began a series of reports highlighting the scandal of contaminated medicines distributed across the U.S., an incident where over 700 people became infected . One year on, the U.S. CDC has published an in-depth review.

Antidepressant being considered for meningitis cure

A long-established antidepressant, called sertraline, is being trialled in Uganda as a fungal brain disease treatment drug.

Call for investigation into meningitis deaths

Detroit - The Michigan Court of Appeals is set to hold a multi-county grand jury to investigate whether New England Compounding Center (NECC), which is linked to a recent meningitis outbreak, broke state laws by distributing tainted medicines.

Massachusetts propose new compounding pharmacy rules

Boston - The Governor of the state of Massachusetts Deval Patrick has proposed that tighter regulations on sterile compounding pharmacies be put in place. This follows a deadly nationwide meningitis outbreak linked to a Massachusetts company.

Meningitis B vaccine approved

Meningitis B is a serious a life-threatening disease for new born children. Until recently no vaccine was available. However, a new medicine has been announced, developed in Switzerland.

Meningitis outbreak: FDA chief to testify, director fired

Boston - The head of the FDA has been called in by the US Senate to explain the reasons behind the worst sterile drug contamination incident in U.S. history. Meanwhile, the head of the Boston health agency tasked with dealing with the incident has dismissed.

U.S. senators to investigate fungal meningitis scandal

U.S. Senators Bob Corker and Lamar Alexander are leading the investigation into the fungal meningitis scandal, where tens of thousands of vials of a steroid were contaminated and distributed across the U.S.

Fox News says meningitis outbreak result of government regulation

Andrew Napolitano, political and senior judicial analyst for Fox News Channel, said government regulation is to blame for the deadly outbreak of fungal meningitis in the U.S.

137 patients infected: fungal meningitis outbreak (2nd update)

The contaminated steroid product distributed across 23 U.S. states as a cure for arthritis has now been responsible for seven deaths and some 137 people are reported as sick and 12 have died.

Seven dead from steroid linked with meningitis outbreak

A steroid medication has been recalled across the U.S. due to an association with a potentially fatal meningitis that has killed seven people. The company who manufactured the drug have shut down production and U.S. FDA has launched an investigation.

iPhone app saves life of 3 year-old

Bristol - When 3 year-old Hollie Weeks complained of headaches and a stiff neck and begin having severe vomiting, her mother became worried and looked the symptoms up on a newly download iPhone application.

Second child dies from water-borne parasite

The water-borne parasite known as Naegleria fowleri, or the "brain-eating amoeba," because the single-celled organism causes meningitis, killed a second child this month, a nine-year-old Virginia boy who swam in infected water, Msnbc reported.

AFP: Pfizer settles multi-billion dollar case in Nigeria

Sources say Pfizer has settled a muli-billion dollar case with Nigerian people that could negatively impact disease control. The award could impact the company and raise fears of people who need immunization to keep certain diseases from spreading.

Seven years old died of Meningitis

Meningitis has claimed a seven-year-old boy in Calgary, Canada at a time when vaccinations of various types against the killer disease have become a routine part. The victim, as his mother reportedly stated, did not have any vaccination.

Stem Cells Used To Regrow Tissue In Patient Who Had Bacterial Meningitis

A young man who almost lost his arms and legs to circulatory issues related to bacterial meningitis has undertaken a controversial stem cell procedure and is doing well. The procedure had to done abroad, as the FDA has not approved it as treatment.

University Student May Have Contracted Meningitis

Yesterday, a University of Idaho student was life-flighted to Boise after concern that he might have contracted meningitis. It was said that he had been acting strangely Wednesday morning and the student was apparently acting very disoriented.

Meningitis outbreak kills over 250 in Burkina Faso, Africa

Menningitis kill over 250 in less than two months.

Update: R.I. Schools to Open After Health Scare

Schools in three R.I. communities threatened by a meningitis/encephalitis scare decided to reopen school on Monday because health investigators found no link between a student who contracted meningitis and three others who were infected with encephalitis.

At Least 84 People in Three States May Have Contracted Meningitis

Following the death of a New Hampshire college student, health officials notify 84 people who may be at risk...

Update: More than 20,000 RI students kept home after illness report

Rhode Island officials cancelled school Thursday for more than 20,000 students while health experts search for any connection between a suspected case of meningitis and a second-grader's encephalitis death two weeks ago.
 

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