The 23 state-wide fungal meningitis outbreak caused by tainted steroid injections given to people who have chronic back pain has already killed five people.
The good news is that this particular strain of meningitis isn't NEARLY as contagious as the more common forms of meningitis, which I've seen during my shifts as a floor nurse.
The bad news is that as a nurse, there's nothing NOT terrifying about a meningitis outbreak.
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The first thing I remember, walking into the room of Rose*, a college student who'd been the first in her crowded dorm to come down with a nasty case of bacterial meningitis, was how dark the room was. I knew that Rose had meningitis, and as a fellow migraine sufferer, I knew what a darkened room meant -- the girl couldn't be under the lights without excruciating pain.
I was already sweating underneath what I called my "HazMat" suit, but she layRead More »from Meningitis Outbreak: A Scary Up-Close Look at What It's like to Get It