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Conn. Recipient Of Medicine In Meningitis Outbreak Is Identified; No Patients Here Are Ill

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The Connecticut Department of Public Health has now identified the medical practice in the state which received a shipment of medication now linked to a multi-state outbreak of fungal meningitis.  Of the 39 patients of Interventional Spine & Sports Medicine, PC in Middlebury, who received the medication,   37 have been contacted and the the department is working with the practice to reach the other two.

No Connecticut patients have become ill,  but those who did receive the recalled lots of the medication are being told to monitor for symptoms, and to seek treatment if any develop.

Interventional Spine & Sports Medicine, PC is one of about 75 facilities in 23 states that received the recalled medication .  There have been 47 people who became in seven states. Five have died.  The cases of meningitis have been associated with a potentially contaminated steroid medication given as an epidural injection.  It appears all those infected received injections prepared by New England Compounding Center in Framingham, Massachusetts.

For more information about the multistate meningitis outbreak investigation, please visit http://www.cdc.gov/HAI/outbreaks/meningitis.html.

To contact the Connecticut Department of Public Health,  go to  http://www.ct.gov/dph or call (860) 509-7270.

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