Second Meningitis death in Elkhart

Indiana reported two more cases of fungal Meningitis linked to injections of a recalled back pain steroid, bringing the state’s total to 30.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported the new cases on Tuesday, October 16, announcing that two of the 30 have died, one of them was a resident of Cassopolis, Michigan.

Relatives of Pauline Burema, 89, of Cassopolis, said they believe she contracted fungal Meningitis after receiving an injection at the O.S.M.C Outpatient Surgery Center in Elkhart. Burema died on October 10, and the family is awaiting autopsy results to confirm cause of death. Burema’s granddaughter, Lisa Ann Durbin, said last week the O.S.M.C clinic told its patients it had at least eight cases of the disease.

Clinic C.E.O Don Hammond says patients are responding well to treatment, he will not comment on the exact number of cases linked to his clinic.

These instances of Meningitis are part of a larger outbreak infecting over 200 people across the country, all linked to medicine distributed by a specialty pharmacy in Massachussets. In total, 75 clinics in 23 different states received the tainted steroid.


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