Elkhart reports 2nd meningitis case tied to outbreak

Two cases of a type of rare meningitis, linked to a recalled back pain medication, have been found in Elkhart.

Friday Elkhart's OSMC Surgery Center confirmed that at least two of their patients tested positive for fungal meningitis. It is a rare form of meningitis. The typical forms are viral or bacterial, this is fungal.
Although it cannot be spread, patients who were recently given a shot for back pain are at risk.

At the South Bend Clinic they've been contacting the 51 patients who received the injections. So far no one has shown any of the symptoms.

“We are trying to cover every cautionary base,” says South Bend Clinic CEO Paul Meyer. “So far fortunately none of our patients have reported any symptoms or any problems. Some of those patients of the 51, 7 were already past the incubation period of four weeks.”
At the OSMC Surgery Center in Elkhart, at least two of the 400 patients that were injected, contracted meningitis.

There are six clinics in Indiana and four in Michigan that received the medication from a Massachusetts manufacturer that sold the alleged contaminated product. Michigan's Health Department says so far there are six confirmed cases but none of them are in southwest Michigan.

Symptoms to look out for include terrible headaches, fever, and stiffness around your neck or lingering pain at the injection site. If you had an injection and haven't shown any of the symptoms after four weeks you should be okay. The disease is not contagious but can be fatal.


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