WUFT News

Four new meningitis cases confirmed in Florida, 3 in Marion County

By on October 19th, 2012

The Florida Department of Health has confirmed four new meningitis cases in Florida, bringing the statewide total to 17.

The four cases are connected to the use of contaminated methylprednisolone acetate, a chemical injection used for back pain.

In Marion County, three women were confirmed to be among the newest cases: A 69-year-old woman and a 71-year-old woman at the Florida Pain Clinic, and a 73-year-old woman at the Marion Pain Management Center, according a Marion County Health Department press release.

The number of cases in the county has risen to 13, including three deaths, the release stated.

The Florida Health department also confirmed a 53-year-old Escambia County woman to be the fourth person infected. The woman is currently being treated at Pain Consultants of West Florida in Pensacola.

Meningitis is caused by the inflammation of protective membranes covering the brain and spinal cord. Tainted spinal injections would directly put germs into that part of the body.

The nationwide death toll from the fungal meningitis outbreak has reached to 20 people.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


This entry was posted in Florida, Health and Science and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.
 

More Stories in Florida

adfasdf11

Marion County Board Member Removed After Facebook Post

Marcel “Butch” Verrando, an appointee to the Industrial Development Authority, has been removed from the board after a racially-charged Facebook post. Verrando was removed after a regularly scheduled meeting on May 19.


Breaking News: Feds Say Florida Could Get $1B For Low Income Pool

A key Florida health care program will likely receive an extra $1B from the federal government this budget year. The new amount offered for the Low Income Pool would enable Florida to retain Medicaid investment.


Florida Tourism Reaches A Peak

Tourism in Florida is at an all-time high. The amount of visitors in the first quarter of 2015 is up 6 percent from the previous year.


Police: Man Told Officers ‘Go Ahead And Kill Me’ In Shootout

An 18-year-old man was shot and killed by St. Petersburg officers after he shot a man and then shot an officer in the leg. Austin Goodner had previously been arrested for aggravated battery.


First Magnitude is currently allowed to sell 128-ounce growlers (left) or 32-ounce growlers. But starting July 1, SB 186 will allow them to sell 64-ounce growlers.

Florida Governor Signs Growler Bill

Gov. Scott has signed a bill into law that will allow the sale of 64 ounce refillable bill containers known as growlers. This makes Florida the 48th state to allow this size growler to be sold.


Thank you for your support

WUFT depends on the support of our community — people like you — to help us continue to provide quality programming to North Central Florida.
Become a Sustainer
I want to support FM 89.1/NPR
I want to support Florida's 5/PBS
Donate a Vehicle
Underwriting Payments