(10/11/2012)
UPDATE 12/10/11 - The number of people sickened by a deadly meningitis outbreak has now reached 119 cases, with 11 deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Although 230 people received the shot from a Parkersburg pain clinic, so far there have been no reports of a problem.

Officials have tied the outbreak of rare fungal meningitis to steroid shots for back pain. The steroid was made by a specialty pharmacy in Massachusetts.

The company recalled the steroid that was sent to clinics in 23 states.

UPDATE 12/10/09 - US health officials say they have now confirmed more than 90 cases of a rare fungal meningitis that has been linked to a steroid commonly used to ease back pain.

A reported 230 people received doses from a Parkersburg pain clinic.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention posted updated figures saying the death toll stands at 7.

So far, there have been no reports of the disease outbreak in WV.

ORIGINAL STORY - West Virginia public health officials say 230 patients at a pain clinic in Parkersburg received tainted injections of a back pain medicine that is at the center of a meningitis outbreak.

The patients were treated at Pars Pain Clinic. Dr. Marian Swinker of the state Bureau for Public Health said the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had contacted the clinic to ensure that the patients who received the possibly tainted steroid injections have been informed.

Patients who received the injections have been told to contact their physician if they are suffering from any symptoms related to meningitis.

West Virginia has no reported cases from the outbreak.


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