The Cincinnati Enquirer has reported that the 2nd case of meningitis linked to the tainted striod injection drugs has been confirmed in the Cincinnati area. This case was in Warren County, Ohio just north of Cincinnati. This marks the 9th case for the entire state of Ohio.
The suit, filed in U.S. District Court on Thursday on behalf of Barbe Puro, charges that New England Compounding Center issued "a fungus contaminated steroid" that was "dangerous and unfit for use."
Puro, a Savage, Minn., resident, was injected with the drug on Sept. 17 at a clinic in nearby Shakopee, Minn.
Officials have tied the outbreak of rare fungal meningitis to tainted steroid shots for back pain that were custom-made by New England Compounding Center, a specialty pharmacy in Framingham, Mass. The steroid was recalled Sept. 26.
The government has identified about 75 facilities in 23 states that received the recalled doses. Officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say 14,000 patients were treated with three recalled lots of the drug.
Victims have died in six states: six in Tennessee, three in Michigan, two in Florida and one each in Maryland and Virginia. Other states involved include Idaho, Minnesota, North Carolina, New Jersey and Ohio.
For the past six days, the number of cases has continued to rise. On Friday, the CDC announced 15 new cases.