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More drugs linked to meningitis outbreak


30 cases of meningitis have been confirmed in Indiana.

"I'm sure for many of the people, there's a lot of anxiety with this," says Barbara Baker with the Saint Joseph County Health Department.

She says TWO people have died after getting tainted shots in Indiana. One of the patients was from Michigan. An 89-year-old woman, whose family says she got the shot at OSMC in Elkhart.

The second is an Indiana resident, but the State isn't saying where that patient received the shot.

"It's very much being aware of what your body's telling you, listening to what you physicians telling you," says Baker.

Especially now that more tainted drugs have been linked to the Meningitis Outbreak. The first drug cited is used in injections for back pain. Now, a solution used in cardiac surgery and a steroid used in eye surgery have been added to the list.

"There are six in Indiana that were first identified as having used the original drug that was recalled," says Pam Pontones, state epidemiologist.

Two of the six Indiana clinics that used recalled shots are in our area. OSMC and South Bend Clinic. Pontones says ALL patients that received the shots have been contacted.

As for the latest drugs connected to the outbreak, "We're looking to see who may have received these products."

Until the Health Department figures that out here's what to look for if you think you've received one of the bad injections.

"The most common symptoms that people are presented with are headache, stiff neck, which are classic signs of meningitis," says Baker.

Physician Ken Elek says if you have these symptoms you should act fast.

"If your system gets overwhelmed and your brain shuts down, yes you can die from it."

But Elek says the local health community is working hard to make sure that doesn't happen.

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