Fungal Infections Following Surgery in Northeast Mexico

Fungal meningitis can develop after a fungal infection
Mexico 2023
U.S. CDC fungal meningitis infections May 2023
(Vax Before Travel)

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today announced some people returning from Matamoros, Mexico, were diagnosed with suspected fungal meningitis infections in the U.S. that have led to severe illness and death.

Travelers with these infections had medical or surgical procedures that involved the injection of an anesthetic into the area around the spinal column performed at clinics in Matamoros, including River Side Surgical Center and Clinica K-3.

These locations are located adjacent to Brownsville, Texas.

On May 16, 2023, the CDC issued an Alert - Level 2, Practice Enhanced Precautions, to notify visitors to Mexico of this health risk.

The CDC suggests canceling any procedure that involves an epidural injection of an anesthetic in Matamoros, Mexico until there is evidence that there is no longer a risk for infection at these clinics.

As with any medical and surgical procedures, complications can occur regardless of where treatment is received.

Fungal meningitis can develop after a fungal infection is accidentally introduced during a medical or surgical procedure. Although anyone can get fungal meningitis, people with weakened immune systems are at increased risk.

Fungal meningitis is treated with medications, depending on the type of fungus.

Additionally, the CDC stated today:

  • If you had a procedure involving an epidural injection of an anesthetic in Matamoros, Mexico, any time since January 1, 2023, monitor yourself for symptoms and consider consulting a healthcare professional.
  • If you travel to another country for a procedure, do not delay seeking medical care if you suspect any complications during travel or after returning home.
  • Obtaining medical care immediately can lead to earlier diagnosis and treatment and a better outcome.

Furthermore, any U.S.-based provider who encounters a patient who has had a medical or surgical procedure in Matamoros, Mexico, and is experiencing symptoms of meningitis, contact your local health department and CDC ([email protected]) to evaluate the possibility of fungal meningitis.

Updated - CDC Health Alert Network, CDCHAN-00491, May 17, 2023, 4:00 PM ET. As of May 12, 2023, five patients have been diagnosed with suspected fungal meningitis; all have been hospitalized, and one has died. 

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