Meningitis outbreak hitting country including Indiana

The meningitis outbreak affecting more than two dozen states across the country has also hit Indiana.

At least five deaths have been reported across the country tied to a steroid injection. Now, a hospital in southwestern Indiana may have patients that are affected.

Health officials at Saint Mary's Medical Center say at least ten of their patients who received injections from the recalled lot of that steroid are showing symptoms of meningitis.

Saint Mary's says 560 of their patients received injections from that batch at the Surgicare Facility in Evansville.

The Vanderburgh County Health Department says they're in the process of identifying which physicians in town may also have used that product, which came from the New England Compounding Center in Framingham, Massachusetts.

Saint Mary's says they're still giving the pain treatment, but with doses from a different manufacturer.

"We are using another manufacturer for the pain injection,” says the Chief Risk Officer at St. Mary's Medical Center Michael Klueh. “Again I need to emphasis, getting the pain injection it's medically appropriate for chronic pain patients in this case and this should not deter them from seeking the appropriate treatment for pain relief."

State health officials say Indiana has one confirmed case of the illness.

Six Indiana health facilities received batches of the tainted steroid, including two right here in Michiana, the South Bend Clinic and the OSMC Outpatient Surgery Center in Elkhart.

The outbreak has sickened dozens of people in six states, and five people have died.


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