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Elkhart County, Indiana Sees Third Fungal Meningitis Death

Filed January 14th, 2013 admin

Elkhart County, Indiana has reported its third death resulting from the outbreak of fungal meningitis that was linked to the tainted back pain injections produced by the New England Compounding Center (NECC).

Clinics in South Bend, Elkhart, Columbus, Evansville, Fort Wayne and Terre Haute received tainted steroids traced to the NECC, The South Bend Tribune said. Elkhart County Health Officer, Dr. Dan Nafziger, told the Tribune that there have been 41 cases, overall, in the county. While not all of the cases they are seeing have been of full-blown meningitis, localized infections at injection sites have also been causing serious problems such as epidural abscesses, the Tribune said.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its meningitis outbreak today. The CDC’s latest report reveals 664 reported cases in 19 states across the country and 40 deaths. There have been at least 7 deaths in Indiana and 11 in Michigan, the Tribune said.

The NECC recalled 17,000 vials of tainted steroid injections on September 26 before recalling all drugs and shutting down on October 6, Yahoo News said. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has also been investigating the outbreak and found that a quarter of the steroid injections in one bin at the NECC plant contained “greenish black foreign matter.” The FDA also identified several clean rooms that that had been found to contain bacterial or mold overgrowths, Yahoo News said.

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