08/10/2012

Dear KOIN Member,

Please see message below and help assist us in spreading the word about this outbreak. Thanks again for all you do – Barbara

The Kentucky Department for Public Health has been notified of five recent cases of fungal meningitis in Kentucky residents who received medical care in Tennessee. These cases match others associated with a multistate outbreak linked to injections from three lots of steroid medications distributed by the New England Compounding Center, a compounding-only pharmacy. This type of fungal meningitis is not contagious.

The New England Compounding Center has issued a voluntary recall of all products it has produced or distributed. Although none of the contaminated medication is known to have been distributed in Kentucky, other lots and types medicines from this company have been sent to Kentucky facilities. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and KDPH recommend that pharmaceuticals manufactured by this company not be used for patients. More information on this recall is available at the FDA’s website.

Kentuckians who have received epidural steroid injections since May 21 and have any of the following symptoms should talk to their health provider as soon as possible:

· Worsening headache

· Fever

· Sensitivity to light

· Stiff neck

· New weakness or numbness in any part of your body

· Slurred speech

If Kentuckians have questions or concerns about steroid injections they have received, DPH recommends they contact their health care provider. Clinicians should immediately inform the state or local health department of any patients that are undergoing evaluation for suspected fungal infection related to this outbreak. For more information and national updates on the multistate outbreak, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.

Please do not reply to this message. Contact BarbaraJ.Fox@ky.gov at (502) 564-6786, ext. 3102.

Barbara J. Fox

Public Information Officer/KOIN Coordinator

Cabinet for Health and Family Services

Office of Communications

275 East Main Street 4C-A

Frankfort, KY 40621

(502) 564-6786, ext. 3102

BarbaraJ.Fox@ky.gov


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