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Hoosiers Report Spinal Infections From Tainted Steroids

Health officials say they are seeing fewer fungal meningitis infections, but more spinal infections caused by tainted steroids.

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The tainted spinal steroids from a Massachussetts compounding pharmacy have been the source of fungal meningitis and spinal infections.

More cases related to the fungal meningitis outbreak have been reported in Indiana.

Pam Pontones, the state‘s epidemiologist with the Indiana Department of Health says we now have 57 cases of fungal infection and six deaths. Of the deaths, three were Hoosiers, while others lived out of state. Pontones says the infections have changed clinically.

“We‘re not seeing cases of meningitis in Indiana or nationwide as we were earlier in the outbreak,” she says. “Right now we‘re seeing more localized spinal or para-spinal infections.”

Though these kinds of infections are not fungal meningitis, Pontones says they can travel up the spine and become a meningitis infection if they are not treated quickly. As far as how long the fungal infections will continue to pop up around the country, Pontones says she does not know, but she is confident that Hoosier clinic shelves have been cleared of the tainted steroids, and is chalking up the recent infections to a long incubation period.

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