Deadly Fungal Meningitis
VISALIA, Calif. (AP) -- A Central Valley clinic says four patients were treated for mild symptoms after receiving steroid shots from a recalled batch of medicine linked to deadly attacks of fungal meningitis.
The Fresno Bee (bit.ly/RsFXEE) says the Sequoia Surgery Center in Visalia received the steroid, which is used for back pain. So did clinics in Encino, Ukiah and Palmdale.
Dr. Alex Lechtman says the Visalia surgery dispensed about 350 vials of the medicine. He says four patients were treated in the emergency room for meningitis-like symptoms such as headache and fever but they lacked other symptoms and may have had the flu.
He says their spinal fluid will be tested. Health officials say 600 California patients received the shots. No deaths have been reported. Eight people have died in other states.