INDIANAPOLIS – Five cases of fungal meningitis linked to a tainted back pain medication have been confirmed in Indiana, federal health officials said Saturday.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention posted the latest count on its website Saturday afternoon.
The Associated Press left phone messages at the six Indiana health facilities that received batches of a steroid produced by a specialty pharmacy in Massachusetts.
The manufacturer has recalled the medication, and health officials have been scrambling to notify anyone who may have been injected with it.
The Indiana clinics are in Elkhart, Evansville, Fort Wayne, South Bend, Terre Haute and Columbus. OSMC Surgery Center CEO Don Hammond said Friday that two of the Elkhart clinics patients had been hospitalized with the rare illness.
In updated figures on its website, the CDC said the national outbreak has spread to more than 60 people across nine states and left seven people dead.
The death toll has risen to seven.
Minnesota and Ohio are the two latest states to report confirmed cases linked to the steroid.