Meningitis outbreak causes concern
Local health care providers say no worries in this area
Though concern is growing nationwide on the recent outbreak of fungal meningitis, no cases have been reported to date in Illinois, according to Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck, director of the Illinois Department of Public Health.
Locally, representatives of Perry Memorial Hospital in Princeton and St. Margaret’s Health in Spring Valley have responded to concerns of area residents about the meningitis outbreak.
In a statement issued Monday, Rex Conger, president/CEO of Perry Memorial Hospital, said the hospital wanted to calm any local concerns regarding the national reports about patients who may have received a steroid injection linked to the recent outbreak of a form of meningitis, with that medication coming from a Massachusetts pharmacy. Perry Memorial has never purchased steroid medications from the pharmacy in question, Conger said.
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