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Indiana clinic: 560 got medication tied to meningitis

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) - A southwestern Indiana hospital says hundreds of patients are being contacted after receiving medication that's been tied to an outbreak of a rare form of meningitis.

St. Mary's Health says about 560 patients received injections of the recalled back pain medication, and roughly 250 have been contacted so far.

Hospital spokeswoman Laura Forbes said Thursday that 10 of the contacted patients are experiencing symptoms that could be consistent with fungal meningitis.

Forbes says the patients received the spinal injections between July 1 and Sept. 28 at Surgicare Cross Pointe, an outpatient surgery clinic in Evansville. As many as 60 patients received multiple injections.

Forbes says the hospital is taking the situation "very seriously" and is trying to contact the remaining patients.

The steroid was made by New England Compounding Center.

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