15th meningitis case reported in Maryland

October 13, 2012|By Andrea K. Walker

Health officials Saturday confirmed a 15th fungal meningitis case in Maryland as a multi-state outbreak of the disease linked to a steroid injection continued to spread.

Meningitis cases have reached 198 in 13 states. One person in Maryland has died, while 15 have died nationwide.

The contaminated steroid, methylprednisolone acetate, was produced and distributed by the New England Compounding Center in Framingham, Mass. Vials were sent to 76 clinics in 23 states, including seven in Maryland. Authorities have said those vials could have been used to inject thousands of patients, including 1,500 in Maryland.

Most of the patients received injections to the spine, while others may have received it in joints to treat ailments like arthritis. Once case has been associated with a joint injection.

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