1st fungal meningitis case reported in NJ

TRENTON - (AP) - New Jersey is reporting its first case of fungal meningitis in an outbreak tied to a steroid medication made by a specialty pharmacy in Massachusetts.

State health officials said Tuesday the patient is a 70-year-old Cumberland County man who first went to the hospital last Thursday.

They say he received an injection of the steroid medication on Sept. 26 from Premier Orthopedics Surgical Associates in Vineland, just prior to the office getting notification the drug was being recalled.

Health officials say the patient is being treated with anti-fungal medication at SouthJersey Healthcare Regional Medical Center in Vineland and is recovering.

New Jersey became the 10th state to report at least one case of fungal meningitis. As of Tuesday, the outbreak had sickened at least 119 and resulted in 12 deaths.

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