Imagine a patient goes to the doctor for a routine steroid injection. Several weeks later, the patient feels sick – headache, fever and suddenly uncomfortable in bright light. Within days, the patient is admitted to the local hospital’s intensive care unit. Doctors discover that the patient has a life-threatening disease they’ve never treated before.
Unfortunately, clinicians never know when the next outbreak will hit. CDC’s disease detectives routinely investigate outbreaks in healthcare settings. This includes the ongoing fungal meningitis outbreak that has been devastating patients and their families. Learn more about CDC’s role in the outbreak and link to the latest information at: http://blogs.cdc.gov/safehealthcare/?p=2536.