News From Terre Haute, Indiana

October 10, 2012

CDC: 12 Indiana meningitis cases tied to steroid

No confirmed cases among local patients who received shot


Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS — Federal health officials say Indiana now has 12 cases of fungal meningitis linked to a tainted back pain medication.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Tuesday on its website that another case had been added to the 11 known previously. There have been no Indiana deaths.

Indiana’s cases involve patients at six Indiana health facilities that received a recalled steroid produced by a specialty pharmacy in Massachusetts.

Wabash Valley Surgery Center in Terre Haute was one of those six facilities, and so far, no one who received the drug at that facility has presented with symptoms.

“We have nobody in Terre Haute who has contracted meningitis,” Union Hospital spokesperson Kim Perkins said this morning.

The number of cases nationwide continues to climb. CDC reported Tuesay that 119 cases have been confirmed nationwide in the outbreak that has claimed 11 lives.

The disease is not contagious.