Public health officials say they've confirmed the first Georgia case of fungal meningitis linked to steroid injections for back pain produced by a Massachusetts pharmacy. Georgia thus becomes the 17th state in an outbreak that has sickened nearly 300 people and killed 23.
The State Health Department says the list of medications possibly contaminated in a fungal meningitis outbreak is expanding. 32 thousand doctors and physician’s assistants across Georgia are warning patients who may now be at risk.
A surgery center in Macon administered steroids to 189 people using drugs that have been tied to a nationwide meningitis outbreak blamed for five deaths. Health officials said Friday that the Forsyth Street Ambulatory Surgery Center received steroids produced by New England Compounding Center.