At least eight Ohioans have been diagnosed with meningitis in connection with a nationwide recall of an injectable steroid.
According to the Ohio Department of Health, the most cases have been found in Marion County.
People in Crawford (1), Hamilton (1), Marion (5) and Morrow (1) counties have been affected.
According to the ODH, 64 Ohio facilities are thought to have received the recalled medication.
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Data showed that all the infected patients received injections with preservative-free methylprednisolone acetate (80mg/ml) prepared by the New England Compounding Center, located in Framingham, Mass.
The following lots are thought to be associated:
Methylprednisolone Acetate (PF) 80 mg/ml Injection, Lot #05212012@68, BUD 11/17/2012
Methylprednisolone Acetate (PF) 80 mg/ml Injection, Lot #06292012@26, BUD 12/26/2012
Methylprednisolone Acetate (PF) 80 mg/ml Injection, Lot #08102012@51, BUD 2/6/2013
Patients who received the steroid injection and who are experiencing symptoms such as new or worsening headaches, fever, neck stiffness or pain at the injection site, should contact their health care provided to determine if they have received one of the recalled products and to receive further evaluation.
The Ohio Department of Health used a statewide health emergency alerting system to contact health care providers and hospitals.
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