UPDATE: Number of Meningitis cases on the rise - 14 News, WFIE, Evansville, Henderson, Owensboro

UPDATE: Number of Meningitis cases on the rise

Posted: Updated:
INDIANA (WFIE) -

The number of people sickened by the deadly Meningitis outbreak is on the rise. There are now 47 cases in seven states, and that includes Indiana.

St. Mary's Hospital in Evansville tells 14 News it has contacted all 560 patients who received injections from that batch at the Surgicare facility on Circle Front Drive.

Ten are exhibiting symptoms of meningitis.

The Vanderburgh County Health Department says it is in the process of identifying which physicians may also have used that product. St. Mary's says it's still giving the pain treatment but with doses from a different manufacturer.

Hospital officials say they understand there is one case of a patient who has been admitted to another area hospital and that case does look like it is the fungal meningitis.

Deaconess officials say they have not received or administered any of the identified drug.

The outbreak of fungal meningitis has been tied to steroid shots used to treat pain. It's a drug custom made by a speciality pharmacy in Massachusetts.

Health inspectors found fungus in at least one sealed vial at the company facility.

Here is a list of the Indiana facilities that have used the shot:

  • St. Mary's Surgicare in Evansville
  • Ft. Wayne Physical Medicine
  • The OSMC Outpatient Surgery Center in Elkhart
  • The South Bend Clinic
  • Union Hospital in Terre Haute
  • and Wellspring in Columbus.

Copyright 2012 WFIE. All rights reserved.

Powered by WorldNow