PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — State health officials say a second Rhode Island patient has contracted fungal meningitis in a nationwide outbreak linked to steroid injections prepared by a Massachusetts pharmacy.
The case announced Thursday is a Lincoln woman in her 60s who got spinal injections at Ocean State Pain Management of Woonsocket on Aug. 31 and Sept. 21. She was treated at a hospital and is recovering.
The health department said Monday a woman in her 40s was hospitalized and receiving treatment after getting an injection at Ocean State on Sept. 22.
Ocean State and New England Anesthesiology were the two Rhode island facilities that received the suspect medications from New England Compounding Center.
The health department says 266 people received injections from three affected lots.
About 370 people have been sickened nationwide and 28 have died.