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Columbus pain clinic contacting patients after meningitis scare

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COLUMBUS, IN (WAVE) - More than 45 people in seven states are now confirmed to have fungal meningitis after patients received injections contaminated with a fungus.

A clinic in Columbus, Indiana received a bad batch of the medicine, but health officials said no one has reported symptoms as of Sunday afternoon.

Patients who received treatment at Wellspring Pain Solutions received letters and phone calls from personnel after a national outbreak of fungal meningitis. The Columbus pain clinic sent out a letter to 309 patients who received steroid spinal injections for back pain, a very common treatment.

"We have decided to contact everyone whom we think might have been exposed to this medication regardless of the location where the injection was done," Dr. Drew Robertson said.

Wellspring is one of six health care facilities in Indiana that may have received tainted pain medication.

Meningitis is an inflammation of the lining of the brain and spinal cord. Symptoms include severe headache, nausea, dizziness and fever.

The type of fungal meningitis experts are warning about is not contagious, but if not treated an infected person could die.

"It is also our intention to see every one of them and follow up the next couple weeks," Dr. Robertson said.

Those who received treatment between July 1 through September 28 are at risk. It may take up to 90 days until fungal meningitis affects the body.

Patients who received an injection at the Wellspring Pain Solutions facility are being urged to call the office at 812-376-0700.

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