New dangers related to contaminated steroid injections

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) – New fears linked to the contaminated steroid injections that killed nearly 60 people in 20 states.
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) – New fears linked to the contaminated steroid injections that killed nearly 60 people in 20 states.

A new report out by the Journal of the American Medical Association shows even those patients who did not get meningitis may not be in the clear. MRIs are now detecting spinal infections in some patients who never reported any symptoms.

The latest numbers show 745 people across the country have contracted meningitis from those contaminated steroid injections; 58 have died.

Now clinics like St. Joseph Mercy Hospital are seeing patients who had received the injections, but didn't develop meningitis. MRIs were done on 172 patients who had not had symptoms related to their steroid injections, but when the results of the MRIs came back 36 had evidence of infection in their spine at the injection spot.

Here in Utah no cases of meningitis have been reported and the State Department of Health tells ABC 4 Utah none of the contaminated medication was ever distributed here.

Epidemiologist Theron Jeppson said, “There's no reason that we have to think that anybody in Utah should be worried unless they'd received steroid injections in a neighboring state such as Idaho or Nevada."
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