Medication linked to meningitis outbreak not used in Steamboat

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— Colorado did not receive shipments of steroid medication linked to an outbreak of meningitis, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“Individuals do not need to be concerned,” said Brian Siegel, Medical Director of Yampa Valley Medical Center’s Pain Management Clinic, in a news release. “The product that is being investigated has not been shipped to Colorado, and is not in use by Yampa Valley Medical Center or area physicians.”

The investigation into the meningitis outbreak started in September. According to the release, medication that is thought to be linked to the outbreak has been shipped to California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Texas and West Virginia.

The release states that individuals who received a steroid injection in any of those states and are experiencing fever, headaches, neck stiffness, sensitivity to light, weakness or numbness, pain or redness or swelling of the injection site should contact a physician.

Yampa Valley Medical Center news release

Steamboat Springs – October 8, 2012 – The recent outbreak of meningitis being investigated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has caused concern among Steamboat area residents. The multistate investigation among patients who received epidural steroid injections (medication injected into the spine) started in late September.

“Individuals do not need to be concerned,” said Brian Siegel, MD, Medical Director of YVMC’s Pain Management Clinic. “The product that is being investigated has not been shipped to Colorado, and is not in use by Yampa Valley Medical Center or area physicians,” continued Dr. Siegel.

According to the CDC, there is not enough evidence to determine the original source of the outbreak, however there is a link to an injectable steroid medication.  The lots of steroid medication that were given to patients have been recalled by the Massachusetts based manufacturer

Shipments of the product that is believed to be the cause of the outbreak went to the following states: California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Texas, and West Virginia.

Individuals who were treated with a steroid injection from a physician in one of the states listed above and are experiencing any of the following symptoms including fever, new or worsening headache, neck stiffness, sensitivity to light, new weakness or numbness, increasing pain, redness or swelling of the injection site should contact their physician.

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