By CHARLES WILSON
State health officials say three Indiana patients have contracted fungal meningitis after receiving a recalled back pain medication that's been linked to a deadly nationwide outbreak of the rare illness.
Indiana State Department of Health spokesman Ken Severson confirmed the cases Friday afternoon after initially revising the total to two. He said a case thought to involve an out-of-state patient actually involved an Indiana resident.
OSMC Surgery Center CEO Don Hammond said Friday that 2 of the Elkhart clinic's patients are among those hospitalized with the rare illness.
Six Indiana health facilities received batches of the medication that was recently recalled by a Massachusetts manufacturer. The other clinics are in Evansville, Fort Wayne, South Bend, Terre Haute and Columbus.
The clinics are contacting more than 1,000 patients who received injections.
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