Suspected Fungal Meningitis

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News Updates
June 2, 2023

DSHS is updating the number of Texas residents involved in the investigation of suspected fungal meningitis linked to surgery done in Matamoros, Mexico. The CDC recommends anyone who got surgery, including liposuction, with an epidural in Matamoros in 2023 should seek medical care to be evaluated for a possible fungal infection.

Fungal meningitis can be life threatening, and finding infections early is important for treatment. Public health workers are directly contacting people in Texas who got surgery at two clinics in Matamoros to inform them of the situation and what steps they should take.

Outbreak of suspected fungal meningitis among Texas residents

Persons under investigation
(People who got surgery in Matamoros in 2023 but have no known symptoms)
Suspected cases
(Symptoms consistent with meningitis; test results pending or unknown)
Probable cases
(Test results suggest meningitis; fungus not isolated)
Confirmed cases
(Fungus detected in samples)

Three Texas residents who were part of the outbreak have died as a result of their illnesses.

More information about the case definitions above is available on the CDC’s outbreak page.

Additional resources:

DSHS health alert
DSHS news release
CDC travel advisory
CDC clinical guidance