A Lowcountry clinic is one of dozens nationwide that are linked to a rare, but deadly, meningitis outbreak.
Federal health officials say there are 47 cases in seven states of people sickened by the disease. Five deaths have been reported as of Friday. The outbreak of fungal meningitis has been tied to contaminated steroid shots from a New England pharmacy used to treat back pain. South Carolina is one of 23 states where the steroids were shipped.
The state Department of Health and Environmental Control says one clinic received the drugs in our state. DHEC officials would not name the clinic, but the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention identified it as Intervene MD, which has offices in Mount Pleasant and North Charleston.
““I can tell you that we have identified a total of 189 patients who could have been exposed,” DHEC spokesman Jim Beasley told Columbia radio station WVOC. “Out of those 189, we have already contacted 177. And at this time, no additional medical follow-up is necessary.”