The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports 105 cases of patient who contracted a rare form of meningitis as of October 8, 2012. The widening outbreak has affected patients in nine different states who contracted the deadly type of meningitis after being injected in their spine with a preservative-free steroid named methylprednisolone acetate, a steroid used to treat pain and inflammation, which was contaminated by a fungus. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has asked clinics, doctors, and consumers to stop use of any products that have come from the New England Compounding Center (NECC), which is the Massachusetts-based company that made the contaminated injections.
Facilities in Pennsylvania that were given the potentially contaminated products are Allegheny Pain Management in Altoona, PA and South Hills Pain & Rehab Association in Jefferson Hills, PA.
The NECC issued a voluntary recall of the three lots of the steroid as well as any of its other products, though presently there has been no indication that any other products have been contaminated. The company shipped 17,676 vials of the steroid to 76 facilities in 23 states from July through September, according to the Massachusetts Health Department, and thousands of patients may have been injected. A list of the effected medical facilities can be found here: www.cdc.gov/hai/outbreaks/meningitis-facilities-map.html.