US Residents Contract Fungal Meningitis Post-Procedure in Mexico: CDC Urges Caution

Puerto Vallarta (PVDN) – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced a travel warning following reports of suspected fungal meningitis infections in U.S. residents who underwent medical or surgical procedures in Mexico.

These infections occurred post-procedure in Matamoros, a city along the Texas border, resulting in severe illness and even fatalities, according to the agency. The Level 2 advisory encourages travelers to exercise increased caution.

On Tuesday, the Texas Department of State Health Services released a similar alert, stating that their investigation had uncovered a minimum of five patient cases. The statement confirmed one death, with the remaining four patients currently hospitalized.

The CDC stated, “Patients who contracted these infections had undergone medical or surgical procedures, including liposuction, involving epidural injections of anesthetics at clinics in Matamoros, such as the River Side Surgical Center and Clinica K-3.”

Travelers who have had procedures involving epidural anesthetic injections in Matamoros since the beginning of the year are advised by the CDC to watch for symptoms and potentially seek medical advice. Should symptoms present, those affected are encouraged to immediately visit a hospital emergency department.

Fungal meningitis symptoms may include fever, a stiff neck, headaches, confusion, nausea, vomiting, and light sensitivity. While the infection can affect anyone, it is not contagious and can be treated with both intravenous and oral medications. However, individuals with compromised immune systems are more susceptible.

The CDC further advised, “Until there is assurance that these clinics no longer pose a risk of infection, we recommend suspending any procedures that involve epidural anesthetic injections in Matamoros, Mexico.”

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