EL PASO, Texas (AP) — Texas is among 23 states that received shipments of a steroid used to treat back pain but it now linked to a rare fungal meningitis outbreak.
The outbreak has left at least five people dead and 35 people sickened.
Christine Mann is a spokeswoman for the Texas Department of State Health Services. She confirms that the painkiller produced by the New England Compounding Center was shipped to Texas.
She says the agency is looking for cases linked to the product but couldn't confirm any so far.
The Framingham, Mass.-based company has recalled three lots of the drug.
Meningitis is inflammation of the protective membranes covering the brain and spinal cord. People with weak immune systems are more at risk. Symptoms include nausea, sensitivity to light and altered mental status.