Health officials are still learning from the fungal outbreak tied to tainted steroid pain injections made at the now-shuttered New England Compounding Company.
Researchers now know that most patients' immune systems didn't try to fight off the deadly fungi as it burrowed into their spinal columns – called duras -- and wreaked havoc, according to one of two scientific journal articles published in the New England Journal of Medicine to review the outbreak.
It was more than one type of fungus.
Investigators initially thought people were infected with a fungus called Aspergillus, but a fungus called Exserohilum rostratum was identified in most patients...
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