Surgery Linked Fungal Outbreak Reported In US & Mexico

Authorities in the US and Mexico have urged the World Health Organization to declare a health emergency over fungal meningitis outbreak. The health authorities have warned about the potential outbreak as they have been monitoring around 400 people in both the countries.

Two People Are Dead So Far

So far, two people have died in the United States due to the cosmetic operations in Mexico with more than hundred at risk. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have received a list of 221 names from the Mexican health Ministry who might be at risk. The CDC has said that they have identified around 25 individuals in the US that could be at risk of fungal meningitis because of their recent medical history.

CDC Urged People To Visit Health Centers

The CDC have urged the citizens, who had been to the clinics near the Mexico border, to go to nearby health centers to be tested for meningitis. Fungal meningitis doesn’t spread from human-to-human interaction and may take weeks to develop, the CDC said. The symptoms include mild fever, stiff neck, headache, vomiting and mood swings but it can become a threat if it is not treated on time.

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