Second US patient dies of meningitis after travelling for surgery

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A 2nd decease successful the US has been attributed to a suspected fungal meningitis outbreak among radical who had country nether epidural anesthesia successful Matamoros, Mexico, the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention says.

The CDC and the Texas Department of State Health Services reported past week that 5 residents of that authorities had go ill, 1 fatally, aft having country astatine the River Side Surgical Center oregon Clinica K-3 successful Matamoros.

People transverse the borderline astatine the Gateway International Bridge successful Brownsville, Texas, to transverse into Matamoros, Mexico. (Chandan Khanna/AFP/Getty Images)

The procedures each progressive an epidural, an anesthetic injected into the country astir the spinal column.

The Mexican Ministry of Health sent the CDC a database of 221 US patients who mightiness beryllium astatine hazard based connected a past of procedures astatine these clinics betwixt January 1 and May 13, the US bureau says, and 3 further patients person been identified.

As of Wednesday, the CDC says, determination are 2 deaths, 9 suspected cases of corruption and 9 probable cases.

The CDC urges anyone who had epidural anesthesia astatine either of those clinics during that clip play to spell to a wellness centre, urgent attraction oregon exigency country arsenic soon arsenic imaginable to beryllium tested for meningitis, adjacent if they don't person symptoms.

People who trial affirmative for corruption volition beryllium fixed antifungal medicines; those who trial antagonistic volition beryllium asked to ticker for symptoms and perchance to instrumentality aft 2 weeks for further testing.

Fungal meningitis is not dispersed from idiosyncratic to person.

Fungal MeningitisFungal Meningitis was detected successful the patients aft they travelled to a metropolis connected the borderline betwixt Mexico and the US, and whitethorn person been caused by an epidural injection during surgery. (Nine)

Symptoms of meningitis tin see fever, headache, stiff neck, vomiting, sensitivity to airy and changes successful intelligence status.

They whitethorn instrumentality weeks to make and beryllium mild astatine first, but they tin rapidly go terrible and life-threatening.

Health officials are urging prospective patients to cancel definite procedures successful Matamoros portion they analyse the outbreak.

Medical tourism, including successful Mexico, has go much communal arsenic radical question lower-cost procedures and shorter waits for care, peculiarly for dental care, surgery, cosmetic surgery, fertility treatments and different procedures.

In a question advisory, the CDC notes that each aesculapian procedures "carry immoderate risk, and complications tin hap careless of wherever attraction is received".

"If you question to different state for a procedure, bash not hold seeking aesculapian attraction if you fishy immoderate complication during question oregon aft returning home," it says.

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