Illinois meningitis case linked to recalled injection medication
The national meningitis outbreak has reportedly affected a Chicago man. The Illinois Department of Public Health is investigating the case. The department says the man received an epidural steroid pain medication injection from one of three implicated lots of the medication recalled by the New England Compounding Centers. Only one health provider in Illinois, APAC Centers for Pain Management, received the recalled product. APAC has three location, two in Chicago and one in Westchester. APAC estimates close to 350 people may have been exposed to the product, and has contacted all but 6 of them. The Illinois Department of Public Health said that this type of fungal meningitis is not contagious. So far, the multi-state outbreak has sickened nearly 200 people and killed 15.