Fungal meningitis: Michigan hospital leads fight against deadly outbreak

December 31, 2012

HAIs in the News: Vitals on, December 30, 2012

In an article from the blog VITALS on, Dr. David Vandenberg of St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor hospital (Michigan) discusses the challenges faced by the hospital’s newly created Fungal Outbreak Clinic.

The St. Joseph Mercy Clinic has treated 169 of Michigan’s 223 cases of meningitis infections traced to tainted steroid shots from a Massachusetts pharmacy.

After his first day working at St Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor hospital’s newly created Fungal Outbreak Clinic, Dr David Vandenberg struggled to describe to his boss the enormity of what lay ahead. He settled on a line from the movie Jaws.

“We’re going to need a bigger boat,” Vandenberg told Dr Lakshmi Halasyamani, chief medical officer of the Michigan hospital, echoing the film’s local police chief after he first eyes a 25-foot (7.5-metre) killer shark.

Source: Vitals on

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