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2 Texas clinics receive potentially contaminated steroid shots, none in Big Country

Published On: Oct 08 2012 09:27:46 AM CDT
Meningitis outbreak as of 10-6-12


ABILENE, Texas -

No clinics or doctor offices in the Big Country have received the steroid shots from the New England Compounding Center at the center of the fungal meningitis outbreak.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, only two clinics in Texas received the shots. They are the Harris Methodist Southlake Center in Southlake, and Dallas Back Pain Management in Dallas. The number for the Southlake center is 817-748-8778. The number for the Dallas center is 214-445-5077.

As of Monday morning, the CDC reported 91 cases in nine states. There have been seven deaths related to the outbreak. There have not been any confirmed cases of the meningitis in Texas.

The potentially contaminated injections were given starting May 21, 2012. Symptoms that should prompt diagnostic evaluation include: fever, new or worsening headache, neck stiffness, sensitivity to light, new weakness or numbness, increasing pain, redness or swelling of the injection site. If you have any of these symptoms, and feel you may have been given one of the shots, the CDC says you should contact your physician.

The company at the center of the outbreak, the New England Compounding Center, has voluntarily recalled all its products currently in circulation that were compounded and distributed from its facility in Framingham, Massachusetts. The CDC has not confirmed where the outbreak began, but said it appears to be centered around this specific company's steroid injections.

The CDC is still investigating. The source of the fungal meningitis outbreak has not yet been identified.

For more information, visit the CDC meningitis outbreak website.