The Pennsylvania Department of Health has reported its first patient infected with the same fungal meningitis linked to a multistate outbreak that has led to over 250 illnesses and at least 20 deaths.
According to officials, the Pennsylvania patient received an epidural steroid injection in July at the Allegheny Pain Management clinic in Altoona. The facility is one was of two locations in Pennsylvania reported to have received shipments of the contaminated steroid injections.
So far, no other illnesses have been reported at the other facility, the South Hills Pain Clinic in Allegheny County.
The outbreak is believed to have started after a Massachusetts-based pharmacy sent contaminated medications to facilities in as many as 23 states. The strain of fungus responsible for the infections has never before been identified as a cause of meningitis.