Case Of Rare Meningitis Confirmed In Central Texas

ATLANTA (October 12, 2012)—Fifteen new cases of a rare fungal meningitis linked to steroid shots for back pain have been confirmed including one in Texas, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday.

"The patient, an adult female from Central Texas, was evaluated after experiencing meningitis symptoms," the Department of State Health Services said in a press release Friday.

"The patient was hospitalized and is being treated with antifungal drugs. Additional details about the patient are not being released to protect the patient's identity," the press release said.

A Dallas County health official said the patient was treated at Dallas Back Pain Management, which is one of two Texas facilities known to have used the drugs.

The outbreak toll stood at 184 cases in 12 states Friday.

The infection has claimed 14 lives.

The specialty pharmacy in Massachusetts made the steroid that was sent to 23 states.

The pharmacy recalled the steroid, as well as everything else it makes.


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