The numbers are up again in the deadly fungal meningitis outbreak. The Centers for Disease Control reports 19 people have died and 245 have been infected. And it looks like another patient from the Allegheny Pain Management Clinic.
Steve Messner was getting steroid injections at the clinic. He was recovering from neck surgery. He thought he had the flu because he was feeling sick for a couple of weeks. His daughter saw the fungal meningitis stories on the news and told him he needed to be checked out. Messner took a turn for the worse and the hospital performed a spinal tap and it tested positive for fungal meningitis.
Dr. Robert Sullivan is treating some of the suspected meningitis cases at the Altoona Regional Health System. He says it is a serious disease and it is even scarier because patients seem to be contracting it at a doctor's office.
Krista says she has to wear a gown, mask, and cover her hands and feet when she visits her father. His system is so weak from the meningitis doctor's can't risk visitor's bringing in any more germs. She says it is scary, but he is being treated now and she's praying for a full recovery.
Federal investigators recently raided the New England facility that produced the contaminated steroids linked to the fungal meningitis outbreak. The Center for Disease Control recalled all of the company's drugs, and says it's cooperating with authorities.