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2 Dead, Over 200 Americans at Risk of Meningitis After Surgery in Mexico, CDC Warns

An outbreak of fungal meningitis at a popular Mexican destination for medical tourism has caused two deaths and is threatening the lives of more than 200 American patients, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said Wednesday.
The outbreak, according to the federal health agency, occurred among patients who traveled to Matamoros, Tamaulipas—located just two miles directly south of the Texas border town of Brownsville—and had surgical procedures there under epidural anesthesia, which involves the injection of an anesthetic into the area around the spinal column.
Officials have identified two clinics associated with the outbreak—River Side Surgical Center and Clinica K-3. Both clinics were closed on May 13….

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