ADOH prepares for possible meningitis outbreak

The Arkansas Department of Health is preparing for the possibility that a fungal meningitis outbreak stemming from products shipped from a Massachusetts company to several hospitals could expand into Arkansas.

So far, officials say the outbreak has spread to 15 states, killed 16 and sickened 230 people, according to Arkansas News.

Symptoms include headache, nausea, dizziness and fever. Most cases have been mild and symptoms generally occur one to four weeks after the contaminated injection. However, in one case symptoms didn’t appear until 42 weeks later.

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