CHICAGO- A second case of meningitis likely associated with a contaminated steroid injection has been reported in the Chicago area. Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck says the victim is a Chicago resident who received an epidural steroid injection of the recalled medication from one of the three APAC Centers for Pain Management. He is undergoing further evaulation and treatment.
"IDPH continues to work with local and federal officials investigating the multi-state meningitis outbreak," said Director Hasbrouck in a news release. "We are still encouraging anybody who has received an epidural steroid injection and is experiencing fever, headache, stiff neck, sensitivity to light, new numbness or weakness, or slurred speech, to see a doctor immediately. This type of fungal meningitis is not contagious."
The CDC and Food and Drug Administration investigation found fungal contamination of methylprednisolone acetate in three lots produced by drug manufacturer NECC. The company has since recalled all of its products going back to January 1, 2012, and the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation suspended NECC's pharmacy license in October.
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