NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Patients complaining of severe headaches and fevers confounded doctors early into a rare outbreak of fungal meningitis that has been linked to a custom-made steroid shot.
Janet Russell started having headaches, a fever and neck pain a week after getting the last dose of steroid injections from a Nashville outpatient clinic. Her family described the 71-year-old woman's screams of pain and said doctors scrambled to find out what was causing her symptoms. She remains hospitalized in intensive care.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said as of Friday, five people have died in the outbreak, and have reported 47 cases in seven states. Investigators have focused on a steroid custom-made by a specialty Massachusetts pharmacy as the source.
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