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Ill. hospital may have drugs linked to meningitis, surprise inspection for manufacturer

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Investigators conducted their first unannounced inspection of the pharmacy linked to a nationwide meningitis outbreak, and uncovered disturbing conditions.

They said they noticed black specks of fungus in steroid medications made by New England Compounding Company. Massachusetts is now trying to revoke the license for the manufacturer that made the drugs.

Saint Elizabeth's in downstate Belleville is on the list of hospitals where patients may have received the tainted drugs. The Illinois hospital was on a federal list of more than 1,200 hospitals and clinics with steroids and drugs from the firm.

Doctors at Saint Elizabeth's said they're notifying the 26 patients from the hospital who may have received a solution produced by the company.

More than 317 people have contracted meningitis from tainted steroid injections as of Wednesday.

The Centers for Disease Control announced ten new cases Tuesday. The CDC lists 17 states that have now been affected, and said the number of deaths linked to the outbreak stands at 24.

The injections tied to the outbreak have since been pulled off the market.


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