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Bad Steroid Batch Injects Rare Meningitis Outbreak Into Md. & Va.

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC) - Two people in Maryland and Virginia are dead after being infected with meningitis stemming from a bad batch of steroids, and health experts warn there could be more deaths to come.

The associated press reports 26 people in five states who received steroid injections for back pain were the subjects of a rare meningitis outbreak.

Eighteen of those cases are in Tennessee where the finger is being pointed at a Nashville clinic for injecting a bad batch of steroids into patients to treat back pain, according to the report. Two of those patients have died.

However the real culprit could be a specialty pharmacy in Massachusetts where one health official tells the AP the affected steroid batch was delivered from. They made deliveries elsewhere as well.

One person in Virginia is dead after a bad injection. The location where the injection took place has not been revealed, however the state epidemiologist for the Virginia Department of Health – Dr. David Trump – did say two healthcare facilities in the southwestern region of Virginia received a medical product which was used for spinal injection.

Those infected products have been recalled and are no longer in use.

Four individuals in that region of the state have also been reported to be infected in total.

Two Maryland residents have developed meningitis, one whom is dead. The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene contacted seven facilities that have received the same affected product to ensure no further rounds are administered and patients potentially exposed from July 30 to Sept. 28 are notified.

Those facilities are listed here:

  • Berlin Interventional Pain Management, Berlin, MD
  • Box Hill Surgery Center, Abingdon, MD
  • Greenspring Surgery Center, Baltimore, MD
  • Harford County Ambulatory Surgery Center, Edgewood, MD
  • Maryland Pain Specialists, Towson, MD
  • SurgCenter of Bel Air, Bel Air, MD
  • Zion Ambulatory Center, Baltimore, MD

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says meningitis cases have popped up in Florida and North Carolina, and health officials warn more new cases are almost certain to appear in the coming days.

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