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1st case of fungal meningitis reported in NJ

By 69 News & Associated Press, (follow: @69news), news@wfmz.com
Published On: Oct 09 2012 01:33:43 PM CDT
Updated On: Oct 09 2012 05:33:06 PM CDT

Fungal meningitis in N.J.

TRENTON, Pa. -

New Jersey is reporting its first apparent case of fungal meningitis.

State health officials said a 70-year-old Cumberland County man is hospitalized with what is believed to be the illness. He received an injection of a steroid from one of the lots recalled by a specialty pharmacy in Massachusetts and tied to a meningitis outbreak.

The man developed headaches and went to the emergency room with a fever, health officials said. He is being treated with anti-fungal medication at South Jersey Healthcare Regional Medical Center in Vineland.

More than 100 cases of fungal meningitis linked to the recalled steroid have been reported in other states, including nine deaths.

New Jersey health officials said 650 patients in the state received shots of the potentially contaminated steroid. Symptoms appear one to four weeks after treatment.