N.J. reports 2nd meningitis case linked to national outbreak

    New Jersey has reported another case of meningitis related to the national outbreak linked to potentially contaminated steroid medication. The case is the second one this week in the state.

    The multi-state outbreak has been sourced to tainted steroids shipped from the New England Compounding Center in Massachusetts.

    Tuesday, the state reported a 57-year-old Cumberland County man is being treated for fungal meningitis he contracted after receiving an injection in July from the South Jersey Healthcare Regional Medical Center.

     

    “Nearly all of the approximately 650 New Jersey residents who received injections associated with potentially contaminated steroid medication have been contacted,” Health Commissioner Mary E. O’Dowd said in a news release. “These individuals will need to be monitored for several weeks because it may take one to four weeks or longer for patients to exhibit symptoms.”

    The FDA and NECC announced a recall over the weekend of the center’s products due to fungal contamination. More than 100 cases have been reported nationally.

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