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Steroid Connected To Meningitis Outbreak Found In Mount Vernon

MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. — Oboso Medical Services in Mount Vernon is among many clinics across the United States in possession of a steroid that is connected to a potentially deadly fungal meningitis outbreak, the national Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta, Ga., said.

The CDC said the outbreak happened in at least six facilities in New Jersey where as many as 1,000 people were infected with the disease. In Connecticut, at least 40 people were injected with the steroid. However, in New York, officials say, three facilities, including Oboso in Mount Vernon and clinics in Mineola and Rochester, had the drug under suspicion but pulled it from stock before it was used.

According to the CDC website , there have been 64 confirmed cases of fungal meningitis in nine states. Seven deaths have been reported.

According to a statement on the site, "CDC is coordinating a multistate investigation of meningitis among patients who received epidural steroid injections (medication injected into the spine). Several of these patients have had strokes related to the meningitis. In several patients, the meningitis was found to be caused by a fungus that is common in the environment but rarely causes meningitis. This form of meningitis is not contagious. The source of the fungus has not yet been identified, and the cause of infections in the other patients is still being assessed."

The CDC is urging anyone who might have received an injection of the steroid to contact their doctor immediately. Click here for a list of clinics across the country the CDC said received the shipment.

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