First Georgia case of fungal meningitis tied to outbreak confirmed

2:28 PM, Oct 23, 2012   |    comments
(AP file)
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ATLANTA -- Officials with the Georgia Department of Public Health said Tuesday that a 66-year-old Macon woman has the state's first confirmed case of fungal meningitis in the state.

She is being treated by an infectious disease physician, but has not been hospitalized, according a release.

The release said she had received an injection of tainted medication from the New England Compounding Center while being treated for back pain at the Forsyth Street Ambulatory Surgery Center in Macon.

She had received an injection of preservative-free methylprednisolone acetate.

At least two other drugs from NECC are being investigated by the FDA -- a drug used in eye surgery and a drug that is used to paralyze the heart during heart transplant surgery.

Officials said there were no positive links between those drugs and the fungal meningitis outbreak. But out an abundance of caution, the FDA says they are telling doctors to follow up with patients who received any injectable product from NECC shipped after May 21, 2012.


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