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Meningitis Cases in South Jersey Rises to Four

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SoJO 1049 reported a few days ago of the first cases in South Jersey where people have been infected with  fungal meningitis.  Today state health officials have announced that 2 more people have been linked to this outbreak in South Jersey.

The two new cases now brings the total of outbreaks in South Jersey to 4 – part of a nationwide problem that has taken the lives of 14 people (and 170 people carrying the illness).  All 4 people who have been infected are all from Cumberland County, with three of them being treated at South Jersey Regional Medical Center in Vineland.

The Press of Atlantic City is reporting that the two newest cases are a 59-yr-old man and a 52-yr-old woman, both of whom received steroid injections within the last month or two.

CBS 3 in Philly reports that facilities like Premier Orthopedic in Vineland, plus South Jersey Healthcare in Elmer and Vineland are two of six facilities in the state that had administered the steroid medication that was contaminated and since recalled.    Word is as many as 634 patients in N.J. could have received the contaminated injection, and nearly all of them have been notified.

Heather DeLuca posted recently what to do if you may have had this shot.  You can visit her report by clicking here.


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