Contact: DOH Communications
Jessica Hammonds, Press Secretary
FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH PROVIDES MENINGITIS UPDATE
~Florida cases of fungal meningitis increases~
TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Department of Health (DOH) has confirmed two more cases from Marion County associated with contaminated steroid injections, a 52 year old woman and a 79 year old woman, both receiving treatment from the Marion County Pain Management Center. They were injected with one of the contaminated lots of New England Compounding Center (NECC) methylprednisolone acetate used for epidural back injections. This brings the total meningitis case count in the state to nine, including two fatalities.
“We remain concerned about patients who received contaminated steroid injections in the back at six centers in Florida,” said State Surgeon General and Secretary of Health Dr. John Armstrong. “Our work is ongoing to ensure that all patients potentially affected by these injections are contacted to seek medical attention. This fungal meningitis is not contagious and cannot be passed person-to-person.”
Nationwide, the number of cases of fungal meningitis related to contaminated steriod injections is 170 with 14 deaths across 11 states.
DOH will continue to update our websites at http://newsroom.doh.state.fl.us/ or http://www.myfloridalicense.com/dbpr/. We have set up a toll-free hotline at 1-866-523-7339 for those who may have additional questions.
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