US eventer Darren Chiacchia is expected to head home from hospital today, after being admitted for about three weeks suffering from the rare and deadly infection fungal meningitis.
He also contracted MRSA while in hospital.
Chiacchia, 48, said on his Facebook page yesterday that it was “looking good for going home tomorrow. Just want to see my horses and cuddle with my puppies!”
The Centres for Disease Control (CDC) reports the death toll has risen to 20 people with 254 fungal meningitis cases confirmed in 16 states. Infections have been found only in patients injected with methylprednisolone acetate from the New England Compounding Center, which has been recalled.
Symptoms – such as headache, fever, nausea, and neck stiffness – have appeared one to four weeks following injection. But fungal infections can be slow to develop and patients should be vigilant about onset of symptoms for up to two months.