Only Cook County provider received steroid linked to meningitis

SPRINGFIELD — The only Illinois health provider identified to have received a shipment of the epidural steroid associated with the meningitis outbreak is in Cook County, according to the state Department of Public Health.

The health provider was identified as APAC Centers for Pain Management, which has six locations in Chicago and Cook County.

"More health providers could be impacted if third party distributors are identified as having redistributed the recalled product," the health department said in a statement released Friday afternoon.

No cases of meningitis have been reported in Illinois due to use of the steroid pain medication, but the investigation is ongoing, health officials said. There have been 35 cases in six states, including five deaths, linked to the meningitis outbreak.

All the infected patients received the medication from three lots produced by the New England Compounding Center (NECC) in Framington, Mass., and APAC pain clinics stopped using the product immediately after learning about the recall, according to to the health department.

The medication is used to relieve pain for such conditions as herniated disks and spine inflammation.

The Centers for Disease Control and Infection is aware only of infections associated with the lots of steroid medication that were recalled, and health officials say people undergoing future pain injections aren't at risk from this product.

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