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North Carolina Reports Third Meningitis Case Associated with National Outbreak

 

North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services
For Release: Immediate
Date: October 31, 2012
Contact: Julie Henry, 919-855-4840 or Julie.Henry@dhhs.nc.gov

State Health Director Laura Gerald reported Wednesday that a third North Carolina resident has been hospitalized with meningitis following a spinal injection with steroids linked to a multistate outbreak. The patient was being monitored after having received a steroid injection with one of the contaminated lots of methylprednisolone acetate produced by the New England Compounding Center (NECC).

A total of 313 individuals in the state were identified as having received a steroid injection with the contaminated lots of NECC product; three North Carolina providers worked with the N.C. Division of Public Health and local health departments to contact each patient and refer for care if needed. A Davidson County resident has died and now, two individuals are being treated for fungal meningitis related to the product.

“We are urging providers to continue to be alert for symptoms of meningitis in patients that have received the contaminated medication and to contact the Division of Public Health immediately if they are aware that someone who was exposed has become ill,” said Gerald. “In this outbreak, symptoms typically have appeared within six weeks following injection, but it’s important to know symptoms could still appear months later.”

The three contaminated lots of methylprednisolone acetate were recalled by NECC on September 26, 2012. All other medications produced by NECC were recalled on October 6. As of October 30, 363 cases of meningitis and 28 deaths had been linked to the outbreak nationwide.

A list of healthcare facilities that received the three contaminated lots of methylprednisolone acetate from NECC has been posted online at http://www.cdc.gov/hai/outbreaks/meningitis-facilities-map.html. More information for patients and providers can also be found on the CDC website at http://www.cdc.gov/hai/outbreaks/meningitis.html.

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