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Cases of Fungal Meningitis Climbs to Three in Indiana

10/5/2012

The Indiana State Department of Health confirms at least three cases of fungal meningitis in Indiana as part of an outbreak that has affected seven states.

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The OSMC Surgery Center in Elkhart says two of its patients who received tainted spinal steroid shots for back pain have been diagnosed with the infection.  The clinic is one of six in Indiana to receive shipments of the steroid compound from a specialty pharmacy in Massachusetts. Further details about the people who were infected have not been released

At least 46 cases of fungal meningitis have been reported nationwide by the Centers for Disease Control.  Five people have died from the infection, three in Tennessee and one each in Maryland and Virginia.  

The CDC is still investigating how the steroid compound became contaminated.  It is believed to have been sent to at least 75 clinics in 23 states.

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