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3 Stark County Doctors' Offices Need to Contact Patients After Fungal Meningitis Outbreak

The Ohio Department of Health released a list of 64 Ohio doctor's offices and health care facilities that need to alert its patients to a fungal meningitis outbreak. Three are located in Stark County.

Several Northeast Ohio doctors' office are on a list of 64 Ohio offices and health care facilities that need to contact patients and alert them to a fungal meningitis outbreak.

Those patients would have received any injectable products from New England Compounding Center (NECC) since May 2012, according to the Ohio Department of Health website.

Several doctors' office in Canton, which North Canton Patch users may be patients at, have purchased medication from that company.

“We are working with health care providers to reach out to patients, but we need two-way communication,” said Dr. Ted Wymyslo, Director at the Ohio Department of Health. “At this time, ODH does not have a count on the number of patients that received drugs in the expanded recall list. Since this investigation is changing so rapidly, it’s critical that Ohioans who received these injections or solutions be informed and watch closely for any change in how they are feeling.”

North Canton Patch checked in with the Stark County Health Department last week to see how the county is handling the investigation locally. The department reported no confirmed cases is working closely with state health officials on the investigation, as Ohio is one of the 10 states involved in the outbreak.

So far, nine cases of fungal meningitis have been confirmed in Ohio — in Crawford, Hamilton, Marion, Morrow and Warren counties.

Canton providers of the injectable products being linked to the outbreak include:

  • Eye Centers of Ohio, 800 McKinley Ave.
  • Ohio Retina Associates, 4690 Munson St. NW
  • Vitreo Retina Consultants, 4678 Douglas Circle NW

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