Five Kentuckians diagnosed with meningitis
Health officials say they have been notified that five Kentucky residents have been diagnosed with fungal meningitis after receiving medical care in Tennessee.
The State Public Health Department says the cases match the pattern of an outbreak linked to injections of steroids distributed by a Massachusetts pharmacy. The pharmacy in question has voluntarily recalled all its products. None of the implicated lots is known to have been distributed in Kentucky, but other medicines from the company have been sent to Kentucky facilities. Health officials recommend the products not be used for patients.
The state health department recommends people contact their healthcare provider as soon as possible if they have received epidural injections since May 21st and have symptoms such as severe headaches, fever, stiff neck, new weakness or numbness in any part of the body, or slurred speech.