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Jackson Newspapers - Ripley, WV
  • JN PSA: CDC reports contaminated steroids in West Virginia's bordering states

  • The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has reported on January 7, 2013 that the agency continues to receive reports of contaminated steroid injections.
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  • The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has reported on January 7, 2013 that the agency continues to receive reports of contaminated steroid injections.
    West Virginia has not received any reports of symptoms or illness linked to contaminated steroids. However, in surrounding states (Ohio, Pennsylvania, Indiana and Virginia) patients are presenting paraspinal/spinal infections (e.g., epidural abscess, phlegmon, discitis, vertebral osteomyelitis, or arachnoiditis at or near the site of injection.
    These syndromes have occurred in patients with and without evidence of fungal meningitis.
    Because these infections are distinct from meningitis and joint infections, CDC will report case counts to better describe types of infections being identified in patients exposed to a preservative-free methylprednisolone acetate (MPA) injection, with preservative-free MPA that definitely or likely came from one of the following three lots produced by the New England Compounding Center (NECC).

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