In a meningitis update, one more state joins the list of those that have patients exposed to a rare outbreak. Four patients that received steroid injections for back and neck pain at a Minnesota pain clinic showed symptoms of the disease, which has claimed five so far. This is extremely scary for the entire country, as the disease can be deadly, and it has been found in som many places. However, in this case, it is impossible to know who to blameÂ—the clinic or the manufacturer.
Medical Advanced Pain Specialists CEO Marsha Thiel said that clinics are cooperating with health workers to find around 700 patients who got injections of the steroid containing meningitis. The company has several locations in the Twin Cities and has now been recalled. Thiel called the push to contact those exposed, "a massive effort to contact all the patients." She also mentioned how possible cases are being handled. "If there's any question at all, they're being directed to go to their physician."
The clinics received the steroid blamed for the meningitis on July 3rd and stopped using it on September 26th, giving it to around 700 patients. Luckily, this form of meningitis cannot be transmitted from person to person. Symptoms can take between one and four weeks after an injection to show up. This meningitis update may just be the beginning, but hopefully, those already infected will be the only ones who get the disease.