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Third case of meningitis confirmed in NC

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RALEIGH, NC (WECT) – A third case of meningitis has been confirmed in North Carolina and is associated with the national outbreak, according to the state health department.

According to a press release, the patient was being monitored after having received a steroid injection with one of the contaminated lots of methylprednisolone acetate produced by the New England Compounding Center (NECC). 

Officials say a total of 313 individuals in North Carolina were identified as having received a steroid injection with the contaminated lots. One person died and now, two individuals are being treated for fungal meningitis related to the product.

"We are urging providers to continue to be alert for symptoms of meningitis in patients that have received the contaminated medication and to contact the Division of Public Health immediately if they are aware that someone who was exposed has become ill," said Gerald.  "In this outbreak, symptoms typically have appeared within six weeks following injection, but it's important to know symptoms could still appear months later."

According to the Centers for Disease Control, a total of 363 cases of meningitis and 28 deaths have been linked to the outbreak nationwide.

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