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Florida officials confirm two more meningitis cases linked to tainted drugs

State health officials confirmed two more cases of fungal meningitis linked to contaminated steroid injections on Tuesday, bringing the total count in Florida to 12, including two deaths.

One of the new patients is a 79-year-old woman who received the injections for back pain treatment from Pain Consultants of West Florida in Escambia County, the second case from that county reported since Saturday.

The other new case reported Tuesday is a 74-year-old woman who received treatment from the Florida Pain Clinic in Marion County. She brings the total of confirmed Marion County cases to 10.

The tainted steroids, used for back pain, came from New England Compounding Center.

The federal government is investigating whether the company's products may have caused other types of infections in patients who have had eye operations or open-heart surgery. State health officials have asked any facility that has used the compounding center's products after May 21 to notify patients to be on the lookout for possible signs of meningitis.

No Tampa Bay area health care facilities received the tainted injectable steroid, but several have received other products from NECC. No illnesses have been reported in connection with these facilities.

Nationwide, the number of cases of fungal meningitis related to the contaminated steroid injections is 214 with 15 deaths across 15 states.

Florida officials confirm two more meningitis cases linked to tainted drugs 10/16/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, October 16, 2012 2:54pm]
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