3 NY sites got suspect steroid, no illness reports

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York health officials say the steroid medication suspected of causing a meningitis outbreak was shipped to three sites in New York, but they're not saying where.

They also say Thursday afternoon there are no reported cases of the illness in the state related to the recalled steroids and suspect lots of the medication have been pulled from use.

The steroid was distributed in sealed vials from the New England Compounding Center in Massachusetts to 75 facilities in 23 states.

Federal officials say five people have died so far and 30 people in six states are ill. All received steroid shots for back pain.

The New York health department wouldn't say why it isn't releasing where the medication went or other details except to cite the "broader recall."

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