As of Monday, 105 people in nine states were diagnosed with the non-contagious brain infection meningitis; eight have died. Across the United States about 13,000 patients may have been exposed to batches of preservative-free methylprednisolone acetate that are suspected of being linked to the outbreak, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control said. The suspected medication is used in pain management clinics and given to patients as spinal injections.
According to the Cincinnati Enquirer; "A rare type of meningitis was found in people who received epidural injections of the company's steroid medication. Federal health officials suspect that the medication was tainted with fungus but they say the original source of contamination had not been found."
The medication was distributed to about 75 facilities in 23 states. The list includes Ohio and Indiana. But as of Monday, no cases of the potentially deadly illness have turned up in Ohio, even though supplies of a medication suspected as the culprit had been shipped here, Cincinnati officials said.
Ohio health officials are busy searching for patients of certain pain management clinics that may have been exposed. They are calling and knocking on doors to locate each one. Sending some to ER's to be evaluated and finding that most are not symptomatic. However to be on the safe side authorities advise people to seek medical attention if they have received epidural steroid injections after May 21 and suffer from symptoms such as pain at the injection site, worsening headache, fever, stiff neck, discomfort around bright lights, unusual weakness, numbness or slurred speech.
Thankfully the infection is not contagious.
Do you or anyone you know receive back injections for pain? Had you heard of this outbreak before now?
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by mem82October 9, 2012 at 8:08 AM
I've heard of it, but I haven't had an Epi in years.
by busymom212October 9, 2012 at 12:44 PM
I have a neighbor lady that had to go and get tested, this is sad and awful. :(
by jnnfrkOctober 9, 2012 at 2:16 PM
I've heard of it. It scared me at first b/c my kids both had croup and had gotten steroid shots a couple weeks ago, but found out from the dr. office it was for adults and a totally different kind than was used on my kids. Still scary and sad. :(
by johnny4everOctober 9, 2012 at 2:29 PM
Yes I do..yes
October 10, 2012 at 9:01 AM
I heard about this on the news. I had an epi several years ago, but no one I know currently or recently has received pain injections.
October 10, 2012 at 10:31 AM
So glad to see you guys are not affected!
October 10, 2012 at 10:43 AM
That's scary! I don't know anyone affected.
October 10, 2012 at 1:24 PMThat's scary!
by GleeFanOctober 10, 2012 at 1:53 PM
Ive been following this. Very scary stuff.