New Fla. meningitis case reported by health department

Woman, 66, infected with steroid at Marion County clinic, officials say

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The Florida Department of Health has confirmed one more case of fungal meningitis associated with a contaminated steroid outbreak.

According to a health department news release, the patient is a 66-year-old woman who received treatment from the Florida Pain Clinic in Marion County and was injected with one of the contaminated lots of New England Compounding Center methylprednisolone acetate used for epidural back injections.  

This case brings the total fungal meningitis case count in Florida to 19, including three deaths.

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"This is an ongoing and dynamic multi-state investigation, and we continue to apply guidance from the Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as we protect the health of Floridians," said State Surgeon General and Secretary of Health Dr. John Armstrong in a release.

Approximately 297 cases of fungal meningitis related to the steroids have been reported across 16 states. 23 deaths have been reported.

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