Pa. Reports 1st Case of Fungal Meningitis Linked to National Outbreak

The Department of Health reported the first case of fungal meningitis in Pennsylvania linked to a national outbreak of contaminated steroid medication.

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    The Department of Health reported the first case of fungal meningitis in Pennsylvania linked to a national outbreak of contaminated steroid medication.

    The patient received an epidural steroid injection in July 2012 at the Allegheny Pain Management in Altoona. The facility is one of two locations in Pennsylvania that received shipments of the recalled lots of steroid medication from the New England Compounding Center in Framingham, Massachusetts.

    The patient was taken to the hospital where he is receiving care and medications recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    The other clinic that received medication linked to the outbreak is South Hills Pain and Rehab Associates which has locations in Jefferson Hills, Bethel Park, Monessen and Brentwood.

    The New Jersey Department of Health has also reported eight cases of fungal meningitis linked to the outbreak.

    Nationwide, there have been 206 cases, including 15 deaths, reported across 15 states.

    Health officials say the form of fungal meningitis is not contagious. They are still investigating the source of the fungus and the cause of the investigation.

    Click here for more information on the outbreak.