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Meningitis

Facts & Figures

North Carolina's monthly and yearly communicable disease surveillance includes reported cases of the bacterial meningitides Haemophilus influenzae Type B and meningococcal meningitis (also known as invasive meningococcal disease). These reports can be found on the Communicable Disease Facts & Figures page. National-level surveillance reports are available from the CDC; see their Summary of Nationally Notifiable Diseases. External link

Fall 2012 CDC Investigation - Multistate Fungal Meningitis Outbreak

Fungal meningitis is rare and is not transmitted person to person. In order for a person to develop meningitis caused by fungus, the fungus must find its way directly into the bloodstream and then into the nervous system, as through a spinal injection or from an infection site elsewhere in the body.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in collaboration with state and local health departments and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), is investigating a multistate fungal meningitis outbreak among patients who received contaminated steroid injections. This form of meningitis is not contagious.

The CDC provides updates on the situation via their website, cdc.gov External link:

Additionally, the FDA provides updates on their investigation and related product recalls on their website, fda.gov External link:

NC DHHS press releases and communications related to this investigation: