Denton, N.C. — The State Health Department has confirmed the death of Effie Shaw in Davidson County is related to the national outbreak of fungal meningitis, which has been linked to the New England Compounding Center’s tainted steroid shots in as many as 16 states. This is the first death in NC linked to the outbreak, but the Health Department reports one other case of fungal meningitis in the state is also connected.
Another victim in NC is still being treated but is no longer hospitalized, according to a Health Department press release issued Saturday.
The New England Compounding Center terminated production and recalled all products in early October, including these steroid injections.
285 reported cases of fungal meningitis are connected to the outbreak, according to the CDC. The death count remains at 23.