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Thu October 4, 2012
Ohio clinics may have received contaminated steroids
Health officials say Ohio received shipments of the type of steroid suspected in a deadly outbreak of meningitis, but no cases of that illness have been reported in the state.
A spokesperson for the Ohio Department of Health says it has notified local health departments, which are supposed to alert clinics that received the steroid so they can pass on the warning to any patients who may be affected. Federal officials say investigators this week found contamination in a sealed vial of the steroid at the New England Compounding Center in Framingham, Mass. Tests are under way to determine if it is the same fungus blamed in the outbreak that has sickened 35 people in six states. Five of them have died. All received steroid shots for back pain.