NJ IDs health facilities in meningitis scare

(AP) - New Jersey officials have identified the six health care facilities that dispensed medication that has been associated with a deadly outbreak of fungal

TRENTON - (AP) - New Jersey officials have identified the six health care facilities that dispensed medication that has been associated with a deadly outbreak of fungal meningitis.

Health Commissioner Mary O'Dowd says no cases have been uncovered in New Jersey. The outbreak has caused five deaths nationwide.

O'Dowd says the epidural steroid injections were administered at Central Jersey Orthopedics Specialists in South Plainfield; Edison Surgical Center in Edison; IF Pain Associates/Isaiah Florence in Teaneck; Premier Orthopedics Surgical Associates in Vineland; South Jersey Healthcare in Elmer and Vineland, and Richard Siegfried of Sparta.

Those facilities are contacting patients who received the injections. O'Dowd says anyone who received an injection and hasn't been contacted should call the facility.

Meningitis symptoms include fever, worsening headache, nausea and new neurological deficit consistent with deep brain stroke.

Dr. Richard Siegfried, a pain management doctor in Sparta who injected the recalled medication into five patients told News 12 New Jersey, "This is very sad, we practice medicine to not make people sick but to make people better, so it's a horrible thing that's happened."

He also added that after he was contacted by the NJ Department of Health, he called his patients who received the injections, and all of them are OK.

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