Middlebury Facility Received Steroids Linked to Meningitis Outbreak: CDC

No patients in the state have contracted meningitis.

Friday, Oct 5, 2012  |  Updated 6:34 PM EDT
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The state health department has warned dozens of Connecticut residents they could have been exposed to a deadly form of Meningitis.

The state health department has warned dozens of Connecticut residents they could have been exposed to a deadly form of Meningitis.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Friday identified the Connecticut facility that received a shipment of steroids linked to a deadly outbreak of meningitis.

Interventional Spine and Sports Medicine of Middlebury is one of dozens of facilities across the country that received the shipments of methylprednisolone acetate. 

Connecticut Department of Health spokesman William Gerrish said 39 patients at the practice might have received spinal injections of the steroid, but that 37 had been contacted and informed of the potential problem.  None of the patients has symptoms of meningitis, Gerrish said.

Gerrish said staff members at the practice and the Department of Public Health are trying to contact the remaining patients.

The practice received doses of the steroid from the New England Compounding Center in Framingham, Massachusetts.

Federal health officials have linked the company to the meningitis outbreak, which has killed five people and sickened 30 others in six states.

Anyone who received a spinal injection at the facility since June and is concerned they might have received the steroid linked to the meningitis, should contact doctors at Interventional Spine and Sports Medicine. 

Health officials said symptoms of meningitis include severe headaches and high fever. Anyone experiencing these symptoms should be evaluated.

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