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MENINGITIS: Second NC patient diagnosed

NORTH CAROLINA (WECT) – Another patient in North Carolina was diagnosed with meningitis Friday afternoon, according to the NC Department of Health and Human Services.

According to a press release, the patient was diagnosed following a spinal injection with the recalled steroid medication linked to a national outbreak.

The Centers for Disease Control has reported 47 cases from seven states nationwide, including five deaths. Those numbers do not yet include the second case from North Carolina.

"We are saddened to learn that another North Carolina patient has been sickened in this outbreak," said State Health Director Dr. Laura Gerald in a press release. "This shows how important it is for providers and public health to closely monitor patients who received injections from the recalled lots. We also want to remind the public that the type of meningitis in this outbreak is not contagious and cannot be transmitted from person to person."

According to the NC Department of Health and Human Services, three clinics in NC received the recalled lots. The High Point Surgery Center and the Surgical Center of Wilson used these lots of spinal injections, according to a press release. All patients who were exposed have been notified.

The NC Department of Health and Human Services said the NC Orthopaedic Clinic in Durham also received lots of the medication for joint injections to relieve pain. According to the press release, providers there are working to contact exposed patients, even though no infections have been seen in patients who received joint injections from the recalled lots.

According to the CDC, symptoms show within one to four weeks of their spinal injection and include fever, headache, nausea, and/or new neurological deficit. Any patient showing any abnormal symptoms should contact their health care provider.

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