DHEC reporting 1st probable fungal meningitis case in SC

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Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The Department of Health and Environmental Control says a probable case of fungal meningitis has been found in South Carolina.

Right now, the patient is undergoing additional testing to confirm if it is meningitis.

The case is related to the national outbreak, stemming from steroid shots produced at the New England Compounding Company in Massachusetts. Patients who are at risk have been notified.

So far, 317 cases have been found nationwide, with 24 of them resulting in death.

DHEC says symptoms include:

  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Stiff neck
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Altered mental status
  • Difficulty walking, speaking or moving

For more information, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website here.

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