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Helpful Information Regarding Methylprednisolone and Fungal Meningitis

Thursday, October 18, 2012 - Danbury, CT

We would like to reassure you that Western Connecticut Health Network has not utilized any New England Compounding Center product implicated as a cause of infection or meningitis widely reported in the media.

Helpful Information

This is not a contagious disease (so it's nothing you can "catch" from another person).

The CDC shares that signs and symptoms of meningitis and infection include:

  • Fever
  • New or worsening headache
  • Stiff neck
  • Sensitivity to light (Photophobia)
  • Confusion or delirium (altered mental status)
  • Warmth at injection site
  • Slurred speech

If you are experiencing any of these signs or symptoms, promptly contact your physician who can consult with one of our Infectious Disease specialists at Danbury Hospital, if necessary. If you believe your symptoms are urgent or severe, please dial 911 or visit the Emergency Department.

There is more information on this issue and updates are available daily from the Center for Disease Control and the Food and Drug Administration.

About Western Connecticut Health Network

Western Connecticut Health Network is the region's premiere, patient-centered health care organization serving residents of Western Connecticut and adjacent New York. The organization is anchored by two nationally recognized hospitals, Danbury Hospital and New Milford Hospital, as well as their affiliated organizations. In addition to the two hospitals, the continuum of care offered includes the following affiliates:

Western Connecticut Health Network has centers of excellence in women's health, cardiovascular and cancer services; minimally invasive and joint and spine surgery; digestive disorders and radiology and diagnostic imaging. It also offers specialized programs for neonatology with a Level IIIb neonatal intensive care unit and accredited sleep disorder centers. Both hospitals also maintain active clinical research programs, offering clinical trials for patients with cancer and other health concerns.