St. Luke's and St. Als among nine Idaho clinics that received injections tied to meningitis outbreak
The Division of Public Health said they have notified all nine Idaho medical facilities that have received injectable drugs from New England Compounding Center since May 2012, which are part of an expanded recall.
"None of the medical facilities are currently aware of any illnesses among their patients who received these medications; however, they are contacting patients treated with the drugs and asking them to report any symptoms for infection or meningitis," said Thomas Shanahan with Dept. of Health and Welfare.
Shanahan is asking that anyone who received the injections to pay attention to signs of the disease and report any they see.
The nine clinics are:
· Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center (Boise)
· St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center (Boise)
· Idaho Eye Care Center (Idaho Falls)
· Walker Spine & Sports Specialists (Idaho Falls)
· Idaho Eye Care Center (Pocatello)
· St. Luke’s Magic Valley Regional Medical Center (Twin Falls)
· Ambulatory Surgery Center of Burley (Burley)
· North Idaho Pain Center (Couer d’Alene)
· Orthopedic Surgery & Sports Medicine (Coeur d’Alene)
These nine providers are in addition to two medical facilities that received NECC epidural steroid injections suspected of causing a national outbreak of fungal meningitis; Walter Knox Memorial Hospital in Emmett and Pain Specialists of Idaho in Idaho Falls.
"The nine clinics did not receive the NECC epidural steroid injections that have been associated with cases of meningitis and other illnesses around the country," said Shanahan, "but they did receive steroid and other injections used for various medical treatments."
One eastern Idaho man is being treated for fungal meningitis that is tied to the outbreak.Nationally, 233 illnesses have been reported, including 15 deaths."
For additional information about the CDC investigation, please visit: http://www.cdc.gov/HAI/outbreaks/meningitis.html