Elected official may have received tainted steroid shot

An elected St. Joseph County office holder has spent the entire week in the hospital—and one of those tainted steroid shots may be to blame.

St. Joseph County Clerk Terry Rethlake is being treated as if she has Fungal Meningitis, although that hasn’t been confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control.

Rethlake did receive a steroid shot for back pain in September. She then received notice that the shot might have come from the bad batch federal officials have been tracking.

Rethlake checked into the hospital Monday morning and she remained hospitalized today.

“She started out a little slow, but as I was there earlier today, she's doing wonderful, her pain level is down to zero again,” said Chief Deputy Clerk Rita Glenn. “Today she’s doing wonderful, she’s accepting phone calls and keeping…a stiff upper lip and knows that the public is behind her and her friends and her family.”

Friends are now working on something they consider key to further recovery. They‘re trying to arrange for Rethlake’s dog Chloe to visit the hospital.

Although the clerk is responsible for running the election, Rethlake’s co-workers insist they have everything under control.

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