Sunday, May 27, 2018
Health

Officials confirm three new Florida cases of meningitis tied to tainted injections

TALLAHASSEE — State health officials Wednesday announced three new confirmed cases of fungal meningitis associated with contaminated steroids shots given for back pain, bringing Florida's total count to 22, including three deaths.

None of the cases is in the Tampa Bay area.

The new cases are a 60-year-old man and 36-year-old woman who received treatment at Pain Consultants of West Florida in Escambia County, and a 50-year-old man who received treatment from the Marion Pain Management Center in Marion County.

Nationwide, the number of cases of fungal meningitis related to contaminated steroid injections is 308 with 23 deaths across 17 states. This fungal meningitis is not contagious and cannot be passed from person to person.

Six facilities in the state, including three in Marion County, unknowingly injected more than 1,000 people with the contaminated medication from New England Compounding Center.

"Our Department of Health continues to collaborate with numerous organizations to protect the health of Floridians," State Surgeon General and Secretary of Health Dr. John Armstrong said in a statement. "We assure our residents and visitors that fungal meningitis associated with this outbreak is not contagious."

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