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Steroid linked meningitis cases appear in North Carolina
Written by Scott Briggaman   
Monday, 08 October 2012 23:16

(RALEIGH) -- Two North Carolinians are among the approximately 105 people infected across the country with fungal meningitis. In all, eight people have died. There have been no deaths reported in North Carolina.

Infectious disease expert Dr. William Schaffner told CBS This Morning that a compounding pharmacy distributed a steroid linked to an outbreak of fungal meningitis. "It's not one of the major pharmaceutical manufacturers, but it takes medication and compounds them, sets them up, usually for highly specialized uses and then sells them to pain clinics and the like," said Schaffner.

State health officials are investigating three outpatient facilities in North Carolina received the possibly tainted medication from the New England Compounding Center of Framingham, Mass. They include the North Carolina Orthopedic Clinic in Durham, Eastern Regional Surgical Center in Wilson, and High Point Surgery Center of High Point.

Last Updated on Thursday, 11 October 2012 19:00
 
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