Pa. has 1st case of fungal meningitis

Patient in Altoona being treated for illness

Posted: 12:40 PM EDT Oct 15, 2012   Updated: 5:33 PM EDT Oct 15, 2012

The outbreak of fungal meningitis that has left more than a dozen people dead has reached Pennsylvania. 

A patient from Altoona has been diagnosed with the illness, the Pennsylvania Department of Health reported Monday.

The patient got an epidural steroid pain injection in July at Allegheny Pain Management in Altoona, which has been linked to the outbreak, said state health officials, who noted that the patient is currently hospitalized and receiving treatment as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The contaminated medicine was produced by the New England Compounding Center in Framingham, Mass., and officials said it was shipped to two facilities in the state, both in western Pennsylvania.

The second facility -- the South Hills Pain Clinic in Allegheny County -- has not had any illnesses reported to date.

“We have been working directly with the clinics to ensure that patients who received these injections are monitored and receive any necessary follow-up,” said Acting Secretary of Health Michael Wolf. “There are no other medical facilities in Pennsylvania that received or used the contaminated medication.”

The CDC said 15 people have died and more than 200 others have gotten sick from the outbreak in 14 states.