Windshield Repair Tech Becomes Part of CDC Investigation
June 17, 2013

by Jenna Reed,

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) is investigating a multistate outbreak of fungal meningitis among patients, including one windshield repair technician, who received contaminated steroid injections from New England Compounding Center (NECC).

On October 6, 2012, NECC voluntarily recalled all products compounded at and distributed from its facility in Framingham, Mass, according to the CDC.

Chris Sherrill, 36, a Roanoke, Va., windshield repair technician, says his infection came on quickly, according to local reports.

"I had severe neck pain, severe headaches, my arms and extremities were going numb and I had no idea what was going on," he says in the report.

Sherrill says he missed more than three months of work and feared he could die from the infection.

Roanoke, Va., attorney Patrick Fennell, who represents Sherrill, says there are more than 754 confirmed cases and a judge consolidated several of the lawsuits in federal court in Boston for pre-trial measures, according to the report.

At press time, several lawsuits have been filed in the Massachusetts court system regarding the situation and there is no connection between his work as a windshield repair technician and the illness.

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