The Florida Department of Health (DOH) has identified a third death associated with a nationwide outbreak of fungal meningitis from a contaminated steroid. The 78-year-old man was from Marion County. He had received an injection of methylprednisolone acetate prepared by the New England Compounding Center (NECC) which is implicated in a nationwide fungal meningitis outbreak that has sickened 257 Americans and killed 20.

With the report of the third death in Florida, local Florida health departments are contacting patients who may have visited any one of 83 South Florida medical facilities that received some sort of medication from the New England Compounding Centers (NECC) since January.

That includes 38 facilities in Palm Beach County, 29 in Miami-Dade, and 16 in Broward County.

In Florida, eight healthcare facilities received the contaminated steroid injections from the tainted NECC lot. Two of the facilities told the Sun-Sentinel they never used the product.

Among the eight facilities that received contaminated injections include Advanced Pain Medicine & Rehab in Fort Lauderdale and Delray Beach, Orthopedic Surgeons and Memorial Same Day Surgery Center- West in Pembroke Pines.

Other facilities receiving other NECC products include Boca Raton Community Hospital, Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood and Palms West Hospital in Loxahatchee.

There is no indication the medications sent to these facilities are contaminated, but in an abundance of caution, the facilities have been told to contact patients who may have received any products to look for signs of meningitis, regardless of whether or not they received an injectable.

Symptoms of fungal meningitis include fever, headache, nausea and vomiting, dizziness, stiff neck, sensitivity to light, or any combination of these symptoms. Fungal meningitis is not contagious.

On Thursday, October 18, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention identified the fungus responsible for the contamination – Exserohilum rostratum. It was identified from one vial of steroid injection.

In Florida, all three deaths occurred in Marion and Escambia Counties.

The Florida Department of Health has issued a list of all of the facilities that received NECC products.

List of Facilities

ADVANCED INTERVENTIONAL PAIN CLINIC 407-535-4976 ORLANDO
ADVANCED PAIN MEDICINE & REHAB 561 495 1801 DELRAY BEACH
AESCULAPIAN SURGERY CENTER 941 379 5884 SARASOTA
ATLANTIS OUTPATIENT CENTER 561 964 3966 LAKE WORTH
B. BRUCE MYERS, M.D. 561 391 9661 BOCA RATON
BASCOM PALMER AMB. SURGERY CENTER 305 284 5751 PALM BEACH GARDENS
BOYNTON BEACH ASC, LLC 561 737 8031 BOYNTON BEACH
BRANDON AMBULATORY SURGERY CENTER 813-571-7088 x226 BRANDON
CENTRAL PALM BEACH SURGERY CENTER 561-296-1330 Main WEST PALM BEACH
CLEARWATER PAIN MANAGEMENT ASSOC. 727 441 1524 CLEARWATER
COMPREHENSIVE PAIN CARE OF SOUTH FLORIDA- 561 676 3474 ALTANTIS
CORAL GABLES SURGERY CENTER 305-461-3229 MIAMI
EYE INSTITUTE OF SOUTH FLORIDA 305 858 2228 MIAMI
EYE INSTITUTE OF WEST FLORIDA 727-450-4667 LARGO
FLORIDA EYE INSTITUTE – CLINIC 772-569-9500 VERO BEACH
FLORIDA EYE MICROSURGICAL INSTITUTE 561 737 5500 BOYNTON BEACH
FLORIDA HOSPITAL 407-303-5807 ALTAMONTE SPRINGS
FLORIDA PAIN CLINIC 352-237-5906 OCALA
FORT LAUDERDALE ORTHOPEDIC SURGEONS 954 764 8033 FORT LAUDERDALE
GABLES SURGICAL CENTER 305-447-0882 MIAMI
GULF COAST MEDICAL CENTER 239 343 0316 FT. MYERS
HELLER, L. GARY MD. 727 541 4431 PINELLAS PARK
INTERVENTIONAL REHAB CENTER 850 484 8800 PENSACOLA
JACKSONVILLE BEACH SURGERY CENTER 904 247 8181 JACKSONVILLE BEACH
JANE E. BISTLINE MD., PA 561-681-9808 WEST PALM BEACH
JUPITER MEDICAL CENTER 561 747 2234 JUPITER
JUPITER OUTPATIENT SURGERY CENTER 561 741 1705 JUPITER
LAKE WASHINGTON FOOT & ANKLE CENTER 321 253 6191 MELBOURNE
LAKE WORTH SURGICAL CENTER 312-780-3235 LAKE WORTH
LAKESIDE SURGERY CENTER 407-206-2375 ORLANDO
LASER & SURGERY OF THE PALM BEACH 561 799 3388 PALM BEACH GARDENS
LEE ISLAND COAST SURGERY 239 939 7375 FORT MYERS
MAGRUDER EYE INSTITUTE 407 893 8200 ORLANDO
MALKANI RETINA CENTER 239 324 4888 FT. MYERS
MARIANA ORTHOPEDIC CLINIC 850 526 3236 MARIANNA
MARION PAIN MANAGEMENT CENTER 352 622 1845 OCALA
McLEOD ORTHOPEDIC CLINIC 386 424 9601 NEW SMYRNA BEACH
MEDICAL SPECIALTY PROCEDURES LC 772-794-4236 VERO BEACH
MEMORIAL SAME DAY SURGERY CENTER – WEST 954-962-3210 PEMBROKE PINES
MULTICARE SPECIALISTS 239 415 1900 CAPE CORAL
NORTH COUNTY SURGICENTER 561 626 6446 PALM BEACH GARDENS
NORTH FLORIDA FOOT AND ANKLE ASSOCIATES 352 331 7543 GAINESVILLE
NORTH MIAMI BEACH SURGICAL CENTER 305-820-2924 NORTH MIAMI BEACH
NORTHPOINT SURGERY & LASER CENTER 561 615 0110 WEST PALM BEACH
ORLANDO CENTER FOR OUTPATIENT SURGERY 407-426-8331 ORLANDO
ORLICK & BERGER MD. & PA 727-522-1115 ST. PETERSBURGH
ORTHOPAEDIC ASSOCIATES P.A. 850 863 2153 FT. WALTON BEACH
PACAYA BAY SURGERY CENTER LLC 239 275 4505 FORT MYERS
PAIN CONSULTANTS OF WEST FLORIDA 850 494 0000 PENNSACOLA
PAIN RELIEF CENTER OF FL 941 708 9555 BRADENTON
PALM BEACH FACIAL PLASTIC SURGERY 561 659 9766 PALM BEACH GARDENS
PALMS WELLINGTON SURGICAL CENTER 561-792-7333 ROYAL PALM BEACH
PHYSICIANS AMBULATORY SURGERY CENTER 386-672-1080 ORMOND BEACH
PREMIER SURGERY CENTER OF SARASOTA 941 365 5355 SARASOTA
RAM EYE CARE CENTER 352 365 2333 LEESBURG
RETINA ASSOCIATES OF FL 813 875 6373 TAMPA
RETINA ASSOCIATES OF MIAMI- 305 655 0411 NORTH MIAMI BEACH
RETINA ASSOCIATES OF SARASOTA 941 924 0303 SARASOTA
RETINA HEALTH CENTER 239 337 3337 FORT MYERS
RETINA SPECIALTY INSTITUTE 850 476 6759 PENSACOLA
SARASOTA AMBULATORY SURG. CTR. 941-870-1872 SARASOTA
SOUTHEASTERN UROLOGICAL PARTNERS LTD 850-309-0400 x319 TALLAHASSEE
SPINE AND BRAIN NEUROSURGERY CENTER 407 423 7172 ORLANDO
ST JOHNS SURGERY CENTER 239-481-8833 FT MYERS
ST LUKES CATARACT & LASER INSTITUTE 727-943-3118 TARPON SPRINGS
ST. MARKS SURGERY CENTER 239 210 0301 FORT MYERS
SURGERY CENTER OF OCALA 352 861 4600 OCALA
SURGICAL PARK CENTER 305-271-9100 x226 MIAMI
SURGICAL SPECIALISTS ASC 850-315-9385 FORT WALTON BEACH
SUSANTI K. CHOWDHURY MD. 727 526 2771 LARGO
TALLAHASSEE ORTHOPAEDIC CLINIC-MADISON 850-584-0241 MADISON
TALLAHASSEE ORTHOPEDIC CLINIC 850 877 8174 TALLAHASSEE
TALLAHASSEE ORTHOPEDIC CLINIC- 850 584 0649 PERRY
THE EYE ASSOCIATES 941-792-3937 BRADENTON
THE SURGERY CENTER SHMP 850 269 0301 DESTIN
WALL HEALTHCARE 727 669 0900 CLEARWATER
WEST PALM HOSPITAL 561-841-2211 WEST PALM BEACH
WILFREDO CONSTANTINO LARA 305 643 8871 MIAMI

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