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Eleven people are dead from fungal meningitis and 119 infections have been reported after a batch of steroid injection vials were contaminated with a common environmental fungus. An investigation is underway by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Massachusetts Board of Registration in Pharmacy.

New England Compounding Center (NECC) has voluntarily recalled more than 17,000 vials of contaminated methylprednisolone distributed to about 75 clinics in 23 states. As many as 13,000 people may have received injections that were potentially contaminated, according to the CDC. Some patients who received a contaminated dose have also suffered strokes linked to meningitis. Because fungal meningitis symptoms develop so slowly, it is impossible to know how many thousands of people may suffer or die from the disease in the coming days.

Meningitis is an inflammation of the membranes that protect the brain and spinal cord. Fungal meningitis can develop when the fungus reaches the central nervous system through the bloodstream. A fungal meningitis outbreak is extremely rare. Signs of meningitis include headache, nausea, fever and neck stiffness, but people with fungal meningitis may also experience disorientation and discomfort from bright lights. Fungal meningitis symptoms may be mild at first and appear more gradually. People who have these symptoms after having received a methylprednisolone acetate injection are urged to consult a physician as soon as possible.

Recently, Joel Feldman of the personal injury law firm Anapol Weiss sat down with NBC Philadelphia to talk about the video “Casey Feldman, A Face of Distracted Driving.” The video tells the story of Casey Feldman, who was killed on July 17, 2009 after she was struck in a pedestrian crosswalk by a delivery van in Ocean City, New Jersey. The van driver was driving distracted.

In the year and a half since Casey’s death, her family and friends created the video, which is featured on the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) website. The video is dedicated to raising awareness about distracted driving to keep Casey’s memory alive, and to get people to think about what they’re doing when they’re behind the wheel.

In the interview, Mr. Feldman states, “We’re making a difference. We have learned there are no guarantees. You could be here today, but who knows about tomorrow. So if you’re going to make a difference, you better do it today.” He continues, “When people learn about Casey, they will know she certainly was someone who made a difference, so we want to continue to do that in her name.”

The Casey Feldman Memorial Foundation is proud to announce that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has accepted their video Casey Feldman, A Face of Distracted Driving. The video will be featured in the DOT’s ongoing video series “Faces of Distracted Driving”. The goal of the series is to draw attention to the tragedies of distracted driving to help prevent future distracted driving-related deaths.

The “Faces of Distracted Driving” campaign features videos made in-house by the DOT and chronicles the stories of those who have died because of distracted driving. However, unlike the other videos, Casey Feldman, A Face of Distracted Driving, was produced by Casey’s father, Joel Feldman. Mr. Feldman is a prominent attorney at the personal injury law firm of Anapol Weiss. The video is the first to feature driving distractions other than the use of cell phones. In the video, family and friends of Casey are interviewed, to tell both her story as well as their own, including how their driving habits have changed since Casey’s tragic accident.

Casey, who was a college student in Springfield, Delaware County, was killed on July 17, 2009 after she was hit in a pedestrian crosswalk by a delivery van in Ocean City.

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