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Volume 21, Number 6—June 2015

Estimated Deaths and Illnesses Averted During Fungal Meningitis Outbreak Associated with Contaminated Steroid Injections, United States, 2012–2013

Rachel SmithComments to Author , Gordana Derado, Matthew Wise, Julie R. Harris, Tom M. Chiller, Martin I. Meltzer, and Benjamin Park
Author affiliations: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, USA

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Table 2

Meningitis and stroke cases and deaths averted by lot

Lot no. Cases averted, no. (95% CI) Deaths averted, no. (range)*
05 0 NA
06 53 (32–88) NA
08 100 (29–379) NA
Total 153 (61–467) 124 (98–211)

*NA, not applicable.
†Total deaths averted (124) derived from total cases averted (153) multiplied by the case fatality rate observed early in the outbreak (28%) plus case-patients who had a diagnosis of meningitis after October 4 and who were alive at 60 days (290) multiplied by the early case fatality rate: (153 × 0.28) + (290 × 0.28). Range derived from the upper and lower confidence intervals of cases averted (e.g., 98 = [61× 0.28] + [290 × 0.28]).

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