Ind. reports 3 meningitis cases tied to steroid

Associated Press Modified: October 5, 2012 at 5:02 pm •  Published: October 5, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — State health officials say three Indiana patients have contracted fungal meningitis after receiving a recalled back pain medication that's been linked to a deadly nationwide outbreak of the rare illness.

Indiana State Department of Health spokesman Ken Severson confirmed the cases Friday afternoon after initially revising the total to two. He said a case thought to involve an out-of-state patient actually involved an Indiana resident.

OSMC Surgery Center CEO Don Hammond said Friday that two of the Elkhart clinic's patients are among those hospitalized with the rare illness.

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

The clinics are contacting more than 1,000 patients who received injections.

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