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Chicagoan  likely 1st  Illinois case in meningitis outbreak

Updated: November 15, 2012 6:53AM



A Chicago resident diagnosed with meningitis could be the state’s first case connected to contaminated steroid injections that led to the deaths of 15 people across the country, health officials said on Saturday.

The Chicago resident received an epidural steroid injection that came from one of three contaminated lots that have since been recalled by the New England Compounding Center, according to a statement from the Illinois Department of Public Health. The New England Compounding Center, a Massachusetts pharmacy that custom-made the injections, has since given up its licenses and ceased operations.

Health officials were running tests to determine if the Chicago resident became infected because of the injection, the department’s statement said.

State health officials said the resident took the injection at one of three APAC Centers for Pain Management that received the recalled medication. The injection was also taken during the time frame for infection established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the department said.

“The Illinois Department of Public Health continues to work with local and federal officials investigating the multi-state meningitis outbreak,” department Director Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck said in the statement.

Nearly 200 people across the country have been infected since the outbreak began, according to the CDC.



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