BELLEVILLE, Ill. (KMOX) — There are no confirmed — or suspected — cases of fungal meningitis at a hospital in Belleville. But hospital officials are taking extra precautions after medicine made by a company linked to the meningitis scare nationwide was given to some local patients.
On Monday, the Food and Drug Administration released a list of hundreds of additional hospitals and clinics that received recalled cardiac and eye drugs from New England Compounding Center, the focus of an investigation into a national meningitis outbreak.
Local facilities that were alerted include St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Belleville, Eyecare Management in Belleville, and the Monroe County Surgery Center in Waterloo. Online: List of clinics and hospitals: http://1.usa.gov/Pm9P9t
Today, St. Elizabeth’s Hospital announced 26 patients were given the possibly tainted medicine. Hospital officials stress that there are no confirmed cases among those patients, but rather they’re sending letters and making calls as a precaution.
Those patients received a list Tuesday of symptoms to look for and they were asked to monitor their health for the next six months. Some symptoms could be as mild as fatigue or a headache to more serious issues like inflammation at the site where the medicine was given.
Eyecare Management in Belleville, and the Monroe County Surgery Center in Waterloo have not returned our calls regarding how many patients might have received the medicine.
More than 300 cases of meningitis have been reported nationwide linked to contaminated steroid injections given in the neck or back.
The steroid drugs were not shipped to any hospitals or clinics in Missouri or southern Illinois.