MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Two of the 19 Alabamians who received injections of a recalled steroid medicine are showing symptoms similar to meningitis and are being seen by a doctor, state health officials said Wednesday.
Health officials said Alabama did not receive any of the steroid injections from New England Compounding Center that have been linked to a meningitis outbreak blamed for 19 deaths nationwide. But 19 patients were injected in facilities in Tennessee and Florida that did receive the shipments, health officials said.
Of those, one man died within the last month and health officials are awaiting autopsy results. Alabama's deputy director of medical affairs Dr. Tom Miller said it's uncertain how long that will take.
The state Department of Public Health has contacted 13 who showed no symptoms, one whose case is under review, and two who showed symptoms, such as headaches or a stiff neck, that might be ordinary or something more serious. Miller said the two will see their physician to be checked out. The department was trying to locate the remaining two patients Wednesday afternoon.
The two who are showing symptoms and the man who died received their injections in Florida.
NECC has recalled its other products that have no shown signs of contamination. State Health Officer Don Williamson said those products were shipped to 44 Alabama hospitals and clinics. The department released 10 of the names earlier and said it would release the other 34 after they had time to contact their patients who received NECC products.
The 10 that have already been identified are: the Alabama Outpatient Surgery Center in Jasper, Alabama Pain Physicians in Birmingham, Andalusia Regional Hospital, Birmingham Surgery Center, Brookwood Medical Center in Birmingham, Lanier Health Services in Valley, Medical Center Enterprise, Mobile Surgery Center, Parkway Medical Center in Decatur, and Southeast Eye Clinic in Dothan.