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October 4, 2012

Steroid shipped to Pa.; no meningitis reported

HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania health officials say two pain clinics dispensed steroid shots linked to an outbreak of fungal meningitis that has killed at least five people and sickened 35 in six other states.

Health officials say there have been no reports of death or illness in Pennsylvania so far. But they are working with the clinics to contact patients who received the medication.

The clinics are Allegheny Pain Management in Altoona and South Hills Pain and Rehab Associates, a clinic with locations in Jefferson Hills, Bethel Park, Monessen and Brentwood. Messages left with the clinics were not immediately returned Thursday.

The steroids linked to the meningitis outbreak were produced by a compounding pharmacy in Massachusetts and shipped to 23 states. The company recalled the medication last week and has shut down operations.

States that received shipments of the recalled steroid:

California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina. Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Texas, West Virginia

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Online:

CDC: http://www.cdc.gov/meningitis/fungal.html

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