Ohio Officials Still Contacting Patients About Meningitis Outbreak

Oct 8, 2012

Health officials in Ohio are reaching out to patients who received injections of a potentially contaminated steroid linked to a fungal meningitis outbreak that has killed seven people and sickened 91 across nine states.

The one Ohio case - involving a 65-year-old man who was sickened - was confirmed Saturday. State and local health officials are working to ensure that all who received the epidural injections at four health care facilities in Ohio contact their doctors. The clinics are in Dublin, Cincinnati and Marion. The Ohio Department of Health says the majority of patients have been contacted. Some public health nurses and health commissioners have enlisted sheriffs' offices and emergency medical services workers to assist them. They say they will go door-to-door if necessary to reach the patients.