Meningitis Outbreak
9:47 am
Tue October 16, 2012

Hunt County to Public: No Meningitis Cases

GREENVILLE - As the tainted steroid scare causing an outbreak of fungal meningitis across the U.S. expands, officials at Hunt Regional Healthcare say they’ve not purchased or used the drug.

The meningitis outbreak has been linked to steroid shots for back pain. The medication, made by a specialty pharmacy in Massachusetts, has been recalled. 

The latest count Monday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicated 214 people had been affected in 15 states, including Texas.

Rodney Gibson, R.Ph., pharmacy manager said, "The Hunt Regional Medical Center Pharmacy would like to assure staff, patients and the public that we have never purchased any lots of the methylprednisolone acetate product from the company, New England Compounding Center, which made and distributed the product."

Identified patients with meningitis had procedures between July 30 and Sept. 28, 2012.

On Sunday, CDC released this list of healthcare facilities that received three recalled lots of the tainted drug on September 26. The two in Texas are Dallas Back Pain Management and Harris Methodist Southlake Center.