Second Illness for Meningitis Sufferers

Just when they thought they were safe, some patients recovering from the meningitis linked to a fungus-contaminated drug are falling ill again. Sufferers of the new infection are now coping with epidural abscesses, infections near the base of the spine where the drug was initially injected. Although the abscesses are localized, they are painful and occurred despite the strong antifungal medications patients were already taking, forcing them back into the hospital for more treatment and surgery. Over 400 cases of the meningitis have been reported nationwide so far.