Fungal Meningitis: Two more Florida cases confirmed

2:32 PM, Oct 16, 2012   |    comments
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The Florida Department of Health has confirmed two more cases of fungal meningitis associated with contaminated steroid injections of New England Compounding Center (NECC) products.

The two new patients are a 74-year-old woman who received treatment from the Florida Pain Clinic in Marion County and a 79-year-old woman who received treatment from Pain Consultants of West Florida in Escambia County.

These cases bring the total fungal meningitis case count in Florida to 12, including two deaths. Most have been reported in Marion County.

"The Florida Department of Health continues to investigate this outbreak using guidance from the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention," said State Surgeon General and Secretary of Health Dr. John Armstrong in a prepared comment. "Our current priority is to ensure that contact is made with any patient who received an injection with the contaminated medications, and we will not rest until the job is done."

Nationwide, the number of cases of fungal meningitis related to contaminated steroid injections is 214 with 15 deaths across 15 states.

This fungal meningitis is not contagious and cannot be passed from person to person.

Armstrong will hold a press conference this afternoon to discuss the current outbreak.

The state Department of Health reported over the weekend that Escambia County has one identified case of meningitis associated with the NECC.

A 47-year-old man who received treatment from Pain Consultants of West Florida was injected with one of the contaminated lots.

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