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Steroid Linked to Outbreak Sent to Chicago Area

By The Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) - A medical practice specializing in pain management is notifying Chicago-area patients who may have received injections of a steroid medication that has been linked to an outbreak of a deadly form of meningitis.  

APAC Centers for Pain Management is the only provider in Illinois known to have received the steroid directly from its manufacturer.  The Illinois Department of Public Health says more providers could be impacted if any third-party distributors are identified as having redistributed the recalled product.  

APAC Medical Director Dr. Randolph Chang said in a statement Friday that the recalled product wasn't used at the practice's Indiana sites.  Nationally, at least 35 people have contracted fungal meningitis and five of them have died.  All received steroid injections, a common treatment for back pain, in the past few months. 

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