500-plus patients received recalled drug in Va.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The state epidemiologist in Virginia says two outpatient clinics have contacted more than 500 people who received a medication that has been linked to rare, potentially deadly form of meningitis.

Dr. David Trump said Thursday the patients in two southwest Virginia clinics received injections of the now-recalled back pain medication since July. One person has died in Virginia and three have been made ill after receiving the spinal injections. The state is not identifying the clinics or the individual who died.

The Roanoke Times reported that Insight Imaging in Roanoke was one of the centers. A clinic statement requested by The Associated Press was not immediately issued.

Nationally, at least five people have died and 35 sickened with fungal meningitis that has been linked to steroid shots for back pain.

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