Tennessee woman sues after getting fungal meningitis

A Tennessee woman is suing after getting fungal meningitis.

This undated image made available by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows the Exserohilum rostratum fungus. (AP Photo/CDC)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A Hendersonville woman sickened by fungal meningitis after receiving a steroid injection for back pain is suing the pharmacy that supplied the drug.

On Monday, Janet Russell and her husband, Robert Russell, sued the New England Compounding Center for $15 million. The suit filed in Davidson County Circuit Court claims the pharmacy allowed the steroid to be contaminated by fungi through negligence.

According to the suit, the resulting injuries to Janet Russell have caused her to suffer horribly and include stroke, disfigurement and permanent disability.

A company spokesman, in an email, said the company had no comment on the suit.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, fungal meningitis has sickened 212 people in 15 states. So far 15 people have died, including six in Tennessee.


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