The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

October 15, 2012

Pa. IDs first meningitis case linked to outbreak

Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA — A Pennsylvania resident battling fungal meningitis contracted the infection after receiving medication for back pain, linking the patient to a deadly national outbreak involving possibly contaminated steroids, state health officials said Monday.

The patient, who represents the state’s first case in the spate of illnesses, is hospitalized and receiving treatment, officials said.

Pennsylvania is the 15th state to report an instance of fungal meningitis associated with a now-recalled medicine from a Massachusetts pharmacy.

Fifteen people have died and more than 200 have been sickened across the U.S.

The Pennsylvania patient received an epidural steroid injection in July at a medical clinic in Altoona and began feeling ill in early September, health officials said.

They would not identify the patient’s sex, age or hometown.