|Published:||Oct 13, 2012 10:47 AM EDT|
|Updated:||Oct 13, 2012 10:47 AM EDT|
TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Department of Health has confirmed that Escambia County has one case of fungal meningitis associated with contaminated steroid injections from the New England Compounding Center (NECC) methylprednisolone acetate used for epidural back injections.
A 47 year old man who received treatment from Pain Consultants of West Florida was injected with one of the contaminated lots. This is the 10th case of fungal meningitis in Florida.
“We continue to urge those who may have received steroid injections from any of the six facilities in the state to consult a health care professional,” said State Surgeon General and Secretary of Health Dr. John Armstrong.
“This situation remains unfortunate, and although this fungal meningitis is not contagious, we do anticipate more patients will be affected as our investigation continues.”
The six facilities in the state that have received and used the contaminated NECC methylprednisolone acetate used for epidural back injections are as follows:
Florida Pain Clinic, Ocala, FL
Marion Pain Management Center, Ocala, FL
Orlando Center for Outpatient Surgery, Orlando, FL
Pain Consultants of West Florida, Pensacola, FL
Surgery Center of Ocala, Ocala, FL
Surgical Park Center, Miami, FL
The nationwide totals have risen to 185 cases, including 14 deaths across 12 states.
Florida has two confirmed fatalities to date. The fungal meningitis from the contaminated steroid injections is not contagious and cannot be passed from person to person.