Vials of the injectable steroid product made by New England Compounding Center are implicated in a fungal meningitis outbreak.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The total of fungal meningitis cases in Florida has risen to 12, as the state's Department of Health confirmed two more cases from contaminated steroid injections from New England Compounding Center products.
According to a release from the Florida Department of Health, the patients are a 79-year-old woman who was treated at Pain Consultants of West Florida in Escambia County and a 74-year-old woman who was treated at the Florida Pain Clinic in Marion County.
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There have been two deaths in Florida from the nationwide fungal meningitis outbreak. Nationally, there are a total of 214 cases and 15 deaths in 15 states, according to the release.
"The Florida Department of Health continues to investigate this outbreak using guidance from the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention," State Surgeon General and Secretary of Health Dr. John Armstrong said in the release.
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"Our current priority is to ensure that contact is made with any patient who received an injection with the contaminated medications, and we will not rest until the job is done."
For more information, or if you have any questions, call 1-866-523-7339 or visit http://newsroom.doh.state.fl.us/ or http://www.myfloridalicense.com/dbpr/.
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