Steroid Linked to Outbreak Sent to Chicago Area
CHICAGO (AP)--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.

APAC Centers for Pain Management is the only provider in Illinois known to have received the recalled product.

APAC Medical Director Dr. Randolph Chang told The Associated Press on Friday that most of the patients contacted aren't worried. He says one person with symptoms went to an emergency room where a doctor ruled out meningitis.

The Illinois Department of Public Health says more providers could be impacted if third-party distributors are identified.

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.
10 05 12 by Newsroom
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