First Case Of Fungal Meningitis Reported In Franklin County


UPDATED: Thursday October 18, 2012 3:44 PM

The Ohio Department of Health says the number of meningitis cases linked to recalled steroid injections has risen to 10 in the state.

The first confirmed case of fungal meningitis in Franklin County was announced on Thursday. According to the Ohio Department of Health, a 44-year-old woman was diagnosed with fungal meningitis in connection with the recall of injecatable products from the New England Compounding Center (NECC) since May 2012.
 
The health department said five cases have been reported in Marion County, and one case each in Crawford, Franklin, Hamilton, Morrow and Warren counties. No one in Ohio has died.

See a list of the facilities that received the medication in the state.
 
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday that 19 people have died among the 247 sickened in 15 states in the outbreak of rare fungal meningitis. They all received shots of an apparently contaminated steroid medication made by a Massachusetts specialty pharmacy.
 
Officials say 64 facilities in Ohio received the potentially contaminated steroids. The state said it is in the process of revising the number of Ohioans who received the injections. Most have been warned to watch for symptoms.

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