Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Seven meningitis cases reported West Virginia

Seven people in West Virginia have been diagnosed with meningitis related to recalled vials of a steroid made at a Massachusetts compounding center, according to the state Office of Epidemiology and Prevention Services.

No one in West Virginia has died from the infection, according to the state.

All of the cases have been patients treated at the Pars Interventional Pain and Wellness Center. The Parkersburg clinic is the only West Virginia clinic of the 75 facilities in 23 states to have received the contaminated injections, according to the state.

Nationwide, there have been 730 reported cases of fungal meningitis including 51 deaths, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The infection is not contagious.