(Indianapolis, Ind.) - Another case of fungal meningitis has been confirmed in Indiana, bringing the total number of people infected to 28.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed the latest case on Sunday. The Indiana cases have included two deaths
At least 200 people nationwide have been sickened by the outbreak in 14 states, including Ohio, and 15 deaths have been reported.
The meningitis has been linked to a steroid used to treat back pain. The drug was manufactured and distributed from a Massachusetts pharmaceutical company. Health clinics in Indiana which received the tainted steroid are in Elkhart, Evansville, Fort Wayne, South Bend, Terre Haute and Columbus.
The Indiana State Department of Health has been proactive in tracking the cases.
“All exposed patients in Indiana have been contacted by their healthcare provider,” said State Health Commissioner Dr. Gregory N. Larkin. “It is important to remember that fungal meningitis is not contagious as it is not transmitted from person to person.”
Patients who have received a steroid injection since May 21 and are experiencing symptoms such as a new or worsening headache, fever, neck stiffness or pain, redness or swelling at the injection site, should immediately contact their physician to receive further evaluation.