(Indianapolis, Ind.) - The number of fungal meningitis cases in Indiana tied to a tainted back pain steroid has risen to 32.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported two new cases on Wednesday linked to a tainted back pain treatment steroid. Two Indiana patients have died.
Indiana’s State Department of Health has not released details about the deaths or which clinics they are linked to. The agency’s policy is to withhold details about where the Indiana cases are located.
The ISDH said earlier that six health care facilities in the state – located in Elkhart, Evansville, Fort Wayne, South Bend, Terre Haute and Columbus – received shipments of the back pain drug from a Massachusetts specialty pharmacy. As of last week, there were 1,568 people in Indiana who have been exposed to the contaminated medication through an epidural or joint injection.
Two cases have been found in southwest Ohio, although no deaths are reported in that state. One of the clinics to receive the steroid is located in Cincinnati.
No cases or deaths have been recorded in Kentucky.