Annmarie Fertoli, Associate Producer, WNYC News
Annmarie Fertoli is an Associate Producer at WNYC, working with the afternoon news team to produce All Things Considered.
Health officials have identified about 75 medical clinics across the country to help track down patients who got a steroids shot linked to a deadly meningitis outbreak.
At six New Jersey facilities, up to 1,000 people were injected with the steroid that has been associated with the meningitis outbreak. In Connecticut, officials report nearly 40 injections from one clinic. In New York, three facilities received the shipments but officials say the drug under suspicion was pulled from stock.
Federal health officials are urging patients who've received steroid injections since July to contact their doctors if they experience headaches, fever, slurred speech or other symptoms connected to meningitis.
The outbreak has caused five deaths and dozens of illnesses nationwide.
New York City health officials are dealing with a separate meningitis cluster among HIV-positive men. But they say it's a different strain that's not connected to contaminated steroids.
List of Tri-State Facilities that Received the Recalled Methylprednisolone Acetate:
Interventional Spine and Sports Med Middlebury, CT
Central Jersey Orthopedics Specialists Pc South Plainfield, NJ
Edison Surgical Center Edison, NJ
If Pain Associates / Isaiah Florence Teaneck, NJ
Premier Orthopedics Surg. Assoc., Llc Vineland, NJ
Comprehensive Pain Management Sparta, NJ
South Jersey Health Care Elmer, NJ
South Jersey Healthcare Vineland, NJ
Butani, Sunil H. Physician Pc Mineola, NY
Obosa Medical Services Mount Vernon, NY
Rochester Brain And Spine Rochester, NY
The CDC has a list of all the facilities nationwide that received the recalled drug.
With the Associated Press