Death of Constantine woman linked to contaminated steroids
Mon, 26 Nov 2012 12:17:38 GMT —
A woman from southwestern Michigan's St. Joseph County has been identified as one of 13 state residents killed in a national outbreak of fungal meningitis linked to contaminated steroids.
Mlive.com says 87-year-old Viola Copsey of Constantine got a steroid injection in September at a clinic in Elkhart, Ind., as treatment for a back problem. It says she died last Monday at Heartland Health Care Center in Three Rivers.
Michigan authorities report that as of Wednesday, the state had at least 167 infections linked to the contaminated steroids.
The Michigan Department of Community Health has reported 67 meningitis cases, 91 epidural abscesses, one stroke and eight joint infections.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention highlights the concerns with its meningitis outbreak map.