Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Mexico: they detect a fungus that causes an outbreak of meningitis

MEXICO CITY ( Associated Press) – Mexican officials have identified the fungus that caused an outbreak of meningitis in the northern Mexican state that has so far killed 18 people and affected 68.

The microscopic fungus Fusarium solani was identified as the infectious agent that reportedly caused an outbreak of meningitis in the state of Durango.Hugo López-Gatell, undersecretary of health, told the press.

To date, 18 people have died and 68 cases have been detected due to meningitis, López-Gatell said Wednesday night.

Meningitis is an infectious disease that causes inflammation of the membranes that surround the brain and spinal cord.

The official explained that it is believed that the infection occurred “through the anesthesia procedure” and ruled out that the disease could spread from person to person.

Authorities closed four health centers in Durango where the infection is believed to have occurred and placed under observation 1,400 women who may have received contaminated anesthesia procedures since last May.

López-Gatell announced that the Mexican government, through its division of infectious diseases caused by fungi, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA, for its abbreviation in English) and academics groups from universities, would receive assistance from the United States Centers for Disease Control. have requested. in Texas and the United Kingdom.

For her part, Durango’s attorney general, Sonia Yadira de la Garza, reported that 40 investigative folders had been opened to determine the possible perpetrators of the incidents.

The Federal Commission for the Protection against Sanitary Risks (Cofepris) has three lines of investigation in the case involving the manufacture, application and storage of a drug allegedly used in anesthesia procedures.

Most of those infected were women undergoing obstetric procedures. All patients were given a type of anesthesia known as a spinal block.

It is the latest scandal in Mexico’s failing public health system, which has repeatedly had difficulties supplying medicines for children with cancer.,

In 2020, 14 people died after a hospital run by Mexico’s state oil company gave patients drugs contaminated with bacteria. receiving dialysis treatment. During that outbreak, 69 more patients fell ill.

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