SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Illinois health officials say so far, there have been no confirmed deaths in the state due to the recent meningitis outbreak across the nation.
The outbreak is associated with the use of epidural steroid injection pain medication. However, an investigation is ongoing concerning 35 cases in six states, including five deaths, have been linked to this meningitis outbreak.
“If you have any concerns about your health after receiving an epidural steroid injection since July, and do not know which product was used, call the physician who performed your procedure,” said Dr. Hasbrouck of the Illinois Department of Public Health. “The [IDPH] has alerted physicians and health practitioners around the state about the meningitis cases associated with epidural steroid injections and the need to stop using the recalled product. This medication is typically used to relieve chronic pain for conditions such as herniated disks and spine inflammation.”