With more than 200 cases reported in 14 states nationwide, fungal meningitis is causing quite a scare, and Indiana is feeling the effects as well. Twenty-eight cases of the infection have been reported in Indiana with two reported deaths, though 15 deaths have been reported nationwide from the infection that has been linked to injections of a steroid used to treat back pain.
An 89-year-old southern Michigan woman who had received two shots at a northern Indiana clinic recently passed away from the infection, and her family claims that is Indiana’s first death. The CDC reported the second death in Indiana on Saturday but has released no additional information.
Six health facilities in Indiana reportedly received the steroid, which has been recalled by a Massachusetts specialty pharmacy, including clinics in Elkhart, Evansville, Fort Wayne, South Bend, Terre Haute, and Columbus.