UPDATE: We''ve had questions about the recent outbreak of fungal meningitis in other states linked to steroid epidural injections.
Here are a few facts:
*There have been no cases of fungal meningitis linked to epidural steroid injections in Alabama, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
*Contaminated product from the New England Compounding Center in Framingham, Mass., which is related to the recent outbreak, was not distributed to health care facilities in Alabama, reports the Alabama Department of Public Health.
*St. Vincent''s does not purchase epidural steroid injections from the company linked to the outbreak.
*St. Vincent''s does not use the type of steroid involved in the outbreak for steroid epidural injections.
We encourage everyone to be involved in their healthcare decisions and to be well-informed. If you have any questions, please call Dial-A-Nurse at 205/939-7878 or your physician''s office.
For CDC information, visit: http://www.cdc.gov/HAI/outbreaks/meningitis.html.