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Chicago patient could be 1st IL meningitis case linked to steroids

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CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

A Chicago resident diagnosed with meningitis could be the state's first case that is connected to contaminated steroid injections that are linked to the deaths of 15 people across the country, health officials said on Saturday.

The Chicago resident received an epidural steroid injection that came from one of three contaminated lots that have since been recalled by the New England Compounding Centers, according to a news release from the Illinois Department of Public Health. The New England Compounding Center, a Massachusetts pharmacy that custom-made the injections, has since given up its licenses and ceased operations.

Health officials were running tests to determine if the Chicago resident became infected because of the injection, the IDPH's statement said.

State health officials said the Chicago resident took the injection at one of three APAC Centers for Pain Management that received the recalled medication. The injection was also taken during the timeframe for infection established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the IDPH said.

"The Illinois Department of Public Health continues to work with local and federal officials investigating the multi-state meningitis outbreak," said IDPH Director Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck in the release.

Nearly 200 people across the country have been infected with meningitis since the outbreak began, according to the CDC.

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