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Second fungal meningitis case reported in NJ

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

New Jersey is reporting its second case of fungal meningitis tied to a potentially contaminated steroid.

State health officials on Wednesday identified the second person suffering from the illness as a 57-year-old man from Cumberland County, where the first case was also reported.

Health officials say patient No. 2 received a spinal injection of steroid medication July 12 at South Jersey Healthcare Regional Medical Center in Vineland. The medicine was from one of the lots recalled by a specialty Massachusetts pharmacy and tied to a national outbreak that has claimed at 12 lives.

Officials say the man was contacted by South Jersey Healthcare over the weekend as part of its patient notification of those who got the steroid. He was seen Monday and admitted Tuesday.

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LIST OF IMPACTED FACILITIES IN NEW JERSEY

Central Jersey Orthopedics Specialists, PC in South Plainfield
Edison Surgical Center, Edison
IF Pain Associates/Isaiah Florence, Teaneck
Premier Orthopedics Surgical Assoc, LLC, Vineland
Richard Siegfried, MD, Sparta
South Jersey Healthcare, Elmer and Vineland

Additional information about the outbreak is available on the CDC's website at http://www.cdc.gov/HAI/outbreaks/meningitis.html

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