The disease outbreak is linked to three lots of an injectable steroid only used for chronic pain, mainly in the spinal cord area. The lots were contaminated with fungal meningitis. The outbreak has killed five people and sickened more than 30 in other states.
Allegheny Pain Management in Altoona received 50 vials of the medication that was recalled. The good news is doctors there say they haven't used any of it. Their office manager says they were able to account for all of it and they've returned it all to the company. Still, since Allegheny Pain Management has cared for thousands of people, they're trying to contact everyone they've treated between June and September of this year. The message they are telling patients is that they do not believe anyone is at risk of meningitis from the medication.
The Health Department says Allegheny Pain Management and South Hills Pain and Rehab Associates in the Pittsburgh area are the only PA clinics that received the recalled medicine.
So far, there are no cases of fungal meningitis in the state related to the national outbreak. According to the Health Department, fungal meningitis is not transmitted from person-to-person, and there is no cause for concern to anyone in Pennsylvania who did not receive an injection of the recalled medication.