Sunday, October 14, 2012
Fungal Meningitis Update
The CDC website is the best source of authoritative information (as of today, 198 cases and 15 deaths), and this excellent article illustrates the degree to which our CDC and public health colleagues are working to get a handle on this outbreak (a special shout-out to Shawn Lockhart, featured in the photo—Shawn did his clinical microbiology training with us here at Iowa). Those who were exposed to the affected lots of injectable steroids are literally being tracked down one-by-one, using any resources available to state public health authorities (while I was at HICPAC, one public health official described local police knocking on doors to inform those at risk).
Finally, I wanted to highlight the fact that your IDWeek planners have been working overtime to put together a late-breaker session at IDWeek to update all attendees on this outbreak. We will have representation from CDC, a clinical mycologist, and a clinician involved in the care of affected patients. So if you are heading to San Diego please attend!