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Interim Clinical Guidance during the Multistate Fungal Meningitis Outbreak Investigation

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Date:Thursday, October 25, 2012

Time:2:00 - 3:00 pm (Eastern Time)


Janet Woodcock, MD
Director, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research
Food and Drug Administration

Melissa K. Schaefer, MD
Medical Officer
Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion
National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases
Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention

Tom Chiller, MD, MPH
Medical Epidemiologist
Division of Foodborne, Waterborne & Environmental Diseases
National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases
Centers for Disease and 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. Close follow-up of these patients is needed to understand important clinical questions, such as the optimal medications, dosage, and duration of treatment. To provide guidance on these important clinical issues, CDC, in consultation with experts in the diagnosis and treatment of fungal infections, has drafted interim treatment guidelines for persons exposed to potentially contaminated steroid products.  During this COCA Call, subject matter experts will provide updates to the current epidemiology of the outbreak and discuss CDC’s recommended treatment guidance and rationale.

Call Materials

Additional Resources

Call Format

  • Live audio conference call on 10/25/12: 2:00 - 3:00 PM
  • Audio-on-demand training after 3:00 PM on 10/25/12

Additional Call Information

Continuing Education

Target Audience

  • Physicians
  • Nurses
  • Pharmacists
  • Veterinarians
  • Physician Assistants
  • Health Educators
  • Other Clinicians


Additional Information

  • Contact
  • Support/Funding:Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Emergency Risk Communications Branch
  • Method of Participation:You may participate in the educational activity by viewing the program information above.
  • Fees:COCA continuing education credits are free.