A Kendall surgical center is one of eight Florida facilities that received potentially tainted steroid injections that have caused 105 fungal meningitis cases and at least eight deaths across the country, the Florida Department of Health reports.
Lee Kortmansky, administrator of the Surgical Park Center on Southwest 87th Avenue, said Monday he understands six patients at the center received the suspect injections and the patients have been informed of the situation. The state health department has advised us that their risk is relatively low, he wrote in an email to The Herald.
Health officials say the infections are believed to have been triggered by a steroid for epidural back injections that was produced by New England Compounding Center. The injections have been recalled.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports on its website that meningitis cases connected with the compounded steroid have been found in nine states, including four cases in Florida. All four Florida cases are in Marion County, the state department of health reported.
Patients generally meningitis symptoms from one to four weeks after receiving the injection.
Kortmansky said the Surgical Park Center, which is owned by the HCA hospital chain, has stopped using the suspect products. The patients who received the injections have been asked to see their primary care physicians for an assessment.
We continue to work with the Health Department and other regulatory agencies to help them contain this issue, Kortmansky said.