First Texas Case of Meningitis Linked to Steroid

Meningitis case related to injectable steroid

Health officials say a Central Texas woman has the state's first confirmed case of fungal meningitis in a nationwide outbreak linked to steroid shots for back pain.

A Dallas County health official says the Texas patient was treated at Dallas Back Pain Management, one of two Texas facilities known to have used the drugs.

NBC 5 left a message at Dallas Back Pain Management. When a reporter walked into the Dallas clinic to get a comment, a receptionist said the doctor was gone for the day and was in Central Texas.

When asked if the doctor was treating the woman with meningitis, the receptionist said she could not comment on it.

The Texas Department of State Health Services said Friday the woman was hospitalized and is being treated. The health department said additional details are not being released to protect her identity.

Fungal meningitis is not contagious.

"It's a fungal infection so any individuals who've had those types of procedures at those two locations, they should have been notified by now, but if they have not they need to contact the provider and they will be analyzed and have a series of tests to see if they have any symptoms or the infection so we can treat them accordingly," Dallas County Medical Director, Dr. Christopher Perkins said.

The New England Compounding Center produced the now-recalled tainted steroids which was injected in patients to treat back pain.

Nationwide, 185 people in 12 states have been diagnosed with meningitis. 14 have died. The drug has been recalled.

Harris Methodist Southlake Hospital and Dallas Back Pain Management are the two facilities in Texas which injected the drugs into patients.  All 131 patients have been contacted by the two health care providers.

NBC 5's Omar Villafranca contributed to this report.

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