• Officials notify local health clinics after meningitis outbreak


    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Officials with the Florida Department of Health have notified several Central Florida health clinics after they possibly received steroid injections that have been linked to a recent meningitis outbreak.

    Officials have told several medical facilities to immediately stop using any products made by the New England Compounding Center (NECC). A steroid injection made by NECC has been linked to a recent Meningitis outbreak that has left seven people dead, according to officials.

    There are 13 health clinics in Central Florida that have been identified as receiving products from NECC. Additionally, officials said shipments of the contaminated steroid injection, Methylprednisolone Acetate, were sent to eight health facilities in Florida. All of the contaminated shipments have been removed from the facilities, officials said.

    Health officials said the death toll in the rare fungal meningitis outbreak across several states has risen to seven. In updated figures posted to its website Saturday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the outbreak has spread to more than 60 people across nine states.

    The New England Compounding Center has said it is cooperating with health investigators to determine the source of the infections.

    Click here for a complete list of Florida medical facilities that received a notification from the Florida Department of Health.

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