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October 5, 2012

Indiana reports 2nd meningitis case tied to outbreak

INDIANAPOLIS — A second case of fungal meningitis that’s been liked to injections of a recalled back-pain medication has been reported in Indiana.

OSMC Surgery Center CEO Don Hammond says test results received this morning confirmed that one of the Elkhart clinic’s patients had contracted the rare illness that’s tied to a widening U.S. outbreak that’s killed five people.

Indiana State Department of Health spokesman Ken Severson says there are two confirmed cases but won’t disclose the locations.

Six Indiana health facilities received batches of the medication that was recently recalled by a Massachusetts manufacturer. The affected clinics are in Evansville, Fort Wayne, Elkhart, South Bend, Terre Haute and Columbus.

More than 1,000 people in Indiana who received the injections are being notified.

The disease is not contagious but can be fatal.

 

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