State health officials said 44 Alabama medical facilities received medications from the compounding pharmacy linked to the ongoing national outbreak of fungal meningitis. Although none of the injectable medications sent to Alabama are known to be contaminated, facilities that received these potentially dangerous pharmaceuticals are being asked to notify patients who received injectable drugs manufactured by the New England Compounding Center. As of Oct. 16, 19 Alabama residents were known to be exposed to steroids produced by the New England Compounding Center and thought to be tainted with bacteria that causes fungal meningitis; those cases are thought to be associated with the administration of steroids in other states, specifically Tennessee and Florida. If you or a family member developed meningitis after receiving an injectable steroid, please contact the Mobile, Alabama, product liability attorneys at Long & Long. We have helped numerous families harmed by defective consumer products recover the financial peace of mind they need to cope with resulting medical costs and other expenses by holding the responsible parties accountable for their negligent actions. Meningitis is typically caused by bacterial or viral infection, and it results in a sometimes-fatal inflammation of the protective membranes that line the brain and spinal cord. The incubation period for fungal meningitis is generally about one month, but may be up to three months. So far, there have been more than 200 instances of infection and at least 15 deaths nationwide linked to meningitis from tainted steroid injections. Some 14,000 people overall may have been exposed to contaminated steroids from the New England Compounding Center. If you or a loved one was harmed by tainted medication or another defective consumer product, please contact Long & Long for your free case consultation.