"One person has died of meningitis after receiving an injection at an Indiana clinic that contained a contaminated steroid.
Another 21 people in Indiana have become ill with the fungal form of meningitis after receiving epidural shots to alleviate chronic back pain, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
...In Indiana six clinics are known to have received the suspect medication, none of them in Indianapolis. The clinics involved here are the St. Mary’s Surgicare Cross Pointe in Evansville; Ft. Wayne Physical Medicine in Ft. Wayne; OSMC Outpatient Surgery Center in Elkhart; South Bend Clinic in South Bend; Union Hospital in Terre Haute; and Wellspring in Columbus.
Franciscan St. Francis Health and Indiana University Health have issued statements saying that they did not dispense any of the problem steroids.
...State health officials say that 1,568 people underwent shots with the potentially contaminated materials at the six sites that did have the materials.
The deceased person lived out of state but under the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, his or her death falls under Indiana, not the state of residence, state health officials said.
They declined to provide any further information about the individual."
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"INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - A second person has died from fungal meningitis after receiving an injection in Indiana that's been linked to tainted steroids used for back pain, state and federal health officials said Saturday.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported the second death on its website Saturday and said three additional cases of the rare disease had been reported in Indiana, raising the state's total to 27. The outbreak has affected 13 states and caused 15 deaths nationwide.
State Department of Health spokesman Ken Severson confirmed the CDC report but said he had no additional information about the death. He said was trying to determine whether the second death was an Indiana resident."
The above case is local to me; her family lives in Bristol, IN. My sympathies to her family and to all of the others who are suffering through this.
Pauline Burema was an active 89 year old; she lived on her farm by herself, was very active and volunteered at Elkhart General Hospital. Her picture and a video interview with her daughter are in the linked story.
ELKHART — An Elkhart man infected by fungal meningitis is taking action against a pharmaceutical company that distributed batches of contaminated medications.
Nathan Owen Tacy is one of 271 people across the county who developed an infection after receiving tainted steroid injections that were given in 16 states. Tacy filed suit Monday against drug manufacturer New England Compounding Center in Framingham, Mass., and two affiliated companies, Ameridose LLC and Alaunus Pharmaceutical LLC.
Medical staff at the (Elkhart General) hospital have been caring for patients around the clock since the beginning of October after they were exposed to a tainted batch of steroids used to relieve back pain at OSMC Outpatient Surgery Center in Elkhart. As of Tuesday, there were 10 people recovering from fungal meningitis at EGH, and about 17 other patients have been discharged.
it’s not everyday that a new disorder comes along, and so I think that’s the most remarkable thing,” (Elkhart County health officer Dr. Dan) Nafziger said. “It’s really a different problem than what we’ve seen, even though we see fungal infections and we’ve seen meningitis. Both of those problems are relatively uncommon, and to see this particular kind of fungal meningitis is extraordinary.”
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"The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday increased the number of Indiana cases of fungal meningitis to 45, one more than previously reported. The number of deaths in Indiana remains three, and Elkhart County's health officer has said all are linked to the northern Indiana County.
Meanwhile, a northern Indiana teenager who has recovered from fungal meningitis is expected to return to school this week, her mother said on Monday.
Tracy Klemm said her daughter, Karissa, was diagnosed October 11 with fungal meningitis after a visit to the emergency room for a lingering headache, nausea and a stiff neck. She said that Karissa apparently contracted the disease from an injection to relieve pain from a herniated disc.
According to Karissa’s mother, the OSMC Outpatient Surgery Center in Elkhart telephoned the family in late September and informed them that Karissa had received an injection from a tainted batch of steroids.
"She had had a headache that week, and it started to get very worse," Klemm said.
After a spinal tap confirmed Karissa had meningitis, she was admitted to the hospital, where she spent the next 10 days.
Her mother said that the Northridge High School sophomore is expected to return to school Wednesday following another checkup.
The Indiana State Department of Health has said that six Indiana clinics received the tainted steroids, which were made at the New England Compounding Center in Framingham, Massachusetts. The compounding pharmacy has since recalled all its products and shut down.
In addition to the OSMC Outpatient Surgery Center in Elkhart, the tainted steroid also went to clinics in Columbus, Evansville, Fort Wayne, South Bend and Terre Haute."
"Indiana now has 49 cases of fungal meningitis linked to injections of a recalled back pain medication.
Health officials said Thursday that there were still three deaths from the disease linked to Indiana. Elkhart County's health officer has said all three deaths are linked to the northern Indiana county.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated the count on its website Thursday.
The Indiana State Department of Health has said six Indiana clinics received the tainted steroids, including the OSMC Outpatient Surgery Center in Elkhart. The tainted medication also went to clinics in Columbus, Evansville, Fort Wayne, South Bend and Terre Haute."
State Health Officials Assisting With Ameridose Recall
INDIANAPOLIS—The Indiana State Department of Health is working with hospitals, clinics, local health departments and health care providers to ensure all products from Ameridose, LLC, are removed from circulation following a national recall yesterday. Ameridose is a sister company to the New England Compounding Center (NECC), which produced the contaminated methylprednisolone acetate linked to the recent outbreak of fungal meningitis.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced late Thursday, Oct. 31, that Ameridose, LLC, based in Westborough, Mass., is voluntarily recalling all of its unexpired products. The decision to recall the products came after preliminary findings during an inspection of the facility concluded a lack of sterility assurance for products produced and distributed by Ameridose, LLC. Products from Ameridose are identified with the Ameridose name or logo.
“The State Health Department has been in contact with state health entities concerning this latest recall,” said State Health Commissioner Gregory N. Larkin, M.D. “We want to ensure that every type of product produced by the company is removed from circulation and to help find suitable replacements for use in Indiana.”
This recall is not based on reports of patients with infections associated with any of Ameridose’s products, rather it was recommended by the FDA out of an abundance of caution. The Indiana State Department of Health’s Surveillance and Investigation Division is actively monitoring the recall in Indiana in conjunction with the FDA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Additionally, the FDA announced bacterial contamination was found in three lots of betamethasone (injectable steroid) and one lot of cardioplegia solution (used in heart surgery). These drugs were manufactured by NECC of Framingham, Mass., and were previously recalled as an extension of the fungal meningitis recall. The products have not been in circulation since Oct. 6, 2012 and there have been no reports of infections nationwide, but patients who received an injection of betamethasone or who were exposed to cardioplegia solution during heart surgery should see their health care provider if they develop any unusual symptoms.
A list of all recalled products can be found at the FDA (www.fda.gov) and Ameridose (www.ameridose.com) websites. Information on the fungal meningitis outbreak can be found on the CDC (www.cdc.gov) website.
For more information about the fungal meningitis outbreak in Indiana, visit the Indiana State Department of Health’s website at www.StateHealth.in.gov.
"Indiana now has 50 cases of fungal meningitis linked to injections of a recalled back pain medication.
The Indiana State Department of Health released the new total Friday. It says the number of deaths from the disease linked to Indiana remains at three. Elkhart County's health officer has said all three deaths are linked to the northern Indiana county."
This was the third death in Indiana, all of which had connections to Elkhart County.
Family of Elkhart County man who died of fungal meningitis wants answers
Goshen attorney Richard Crowder filed a lawsuit on behalf of Daniel Rohrer's family in Elkhart County Superior Court No. 1 on Oct. 30.
In October, Rohrer was treated at Elkhart General Hospital after receiving a tainted steroid shot, which resulted in the illness. But, on Oct. 23, Rohrer lost his battle with fungal meningitis, making him the 25th person in the nation to die as a result of the illness.
"Another person in Indiana has died in the fungal meningitis outbreak, bringing the total number of deaths here to 5, state health officials said today.
In all, 55 people have been diagnosed with the disease after receiving contaminated steroid shots from a Massaachusetts specialty pharmacy. One of the five people included in Indiana’s death count resided out of state but received the problematic shot here...
Sixth death connected to Indiana reported in fungal meningitis outbreak
A sixth person connected to Indiana has died from the fungal meningitis outbreak linked to an injectable steroid.
According to the Indiana State Health Department, the latest victim was from out of state and not an Indiana resident. Six people with ties to Indiana have now died from the outbreak; there are 56 confirmed cases in the Hoosier State...
This is the death that CDC currently has listed in MI, but the MI Dept. of Community Health isn't including it in their total. Instead, they list it as the 2nd MI resident to die in MI due to treatment they received out-of-state.
I was waiting to see if the CDC changed their listing but they haven't posted an update today.
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