Central Texan diagnosed with meningitis in outbreak

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by Associated Press and KVUE.com

Associated Press

Posted on October 12, 2012 at 4:26 PM

Updated Friday, Oct 12 at 4:33 PM

AUSTIN -- Health officials say a Central Texas woman from Travis County is the state's first confirmed case of fungal meningitis in a nationwide outbreak linked to steroid shots for back pain.

The Texas Department of State Health Services said Friday the woman was hospitalized and is being treated with antifungal drugs. The health department said additional details are not being released to protect her identity. Fungal meningitis is not contagious.

So far, the tainted steroid shots have sickened at least 184 people in 12 states, causing 14 deaths. The medication, made by a specialty pharmacy in Massachusetts, has been recalled.

Two North Texas facilities are known to have used the drugs, and the roughly 130 patients who received shots were notified. State officials have did not name the facility tied to the Texas case.
 

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