No meningitis cases reported in Alaska

Oct 08, 2012 -- 11:18am


- FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) - State health officials say none of the medication implicated in a meningitis outbreak made its way to Alaska. The meningitis outbreak is associated with pain medication injected into the spine. Ninety-one cases have been reported from a total of nine states, with seven deaths linked to the outbreak. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner says state epidemiologist Dr. Joe McLaughlin says Alaska has had no reported meningitis cases associated with the implicated product. Meningitis is an infection of the membranes covering the brain and spinal cord. Symptoms include fever and chills, nausea and vomiting, severe headache, stiff neck, sensitivity to light and changes in mental status.

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