Eastern Idaho man diagnosed with fungal meningitis

Associated Press Published: October 10, 2012

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho health officials say an eastern Idaho man has been diagnosed with fungal meningitis after receiving a steroid injection commonly used to treat back pain.

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare said this is the first Idaho illness linked to a national outbreak that has sickened an estimated 138 people from 11 states. So far, 12 people have died. The medication, made by a specialty pharmacy in Massachusetts, has been recalled.

Two Idaho facilities received shipments of the recalled injections, and both used the medication to treat patients before the recall was announced. Walter Knox Memorial Hospital in Emmett gave the shots to four people, and Pain Specialists of Idaho in Idaho Falls treated 35 people with the injections.


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