Steroid linked to outbreak sent to Chicago area
CHICAGO – A medical practice specializing in pain management has notified about 200 Chicago-area patients who may have received injections of a steroid medication linked to an outbreak of a deadly form of meningitis.
No one in Illinois has reported having the illness, but nationally, at least 47 people have contracted fungal meningitis and five of them have died. All received steroid injections, a common treatment for back pain, from a Massachusetts-based manufacturer.
APAC Centers for Pain Management is the only provider in Illinois known to have received the recalled product, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health. Three of the company's clinic sites gave injections of the drug for back pain, including two in Chicago and one in Westchester.
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