Grand Traverse Health Officials Establish Meningitis Hotline

Oct 10, 2012

UPDATE Friday 10/12/2012: The number of cases statewide has grown to 41 and  local health officials say there is a suspected case in Grand Traverse County. A Munson Medical Center spokeswoman says they've been a number of nervous patients in the emergency department, and she encourages people to read the guidelines below before coming in to the hospital. 

Michigan currently has 25 confirmed fungal meningitis cases, including three deaths associated with a national outbreak believed related to tainted steroid injections.

All three deaths are in southern parts of the state, according to officials with the Michigan Department of Community Health.

None of the reported illnesses are known to be in Grand Traverse County, local health officials say. But the number of cases is expected to increase and a local hotline has been established for patients who may have received tainted injections.

Neuromuscular & Rehabilitation Associates in Traverse City is one of four facilities in Michigan that received potentially contaminated medicine. Officials say the practice is contacting all patients who received the injections.

The Grand Traverse County Health Department and Munson Medical Center have also set up a hotline for patients with questions who show no signs of illness, but who did receive injections from the clinic after May 1, 2012. The phone number is 231-935-2199.

Health officials say patients who had steroid injections at the clinic and have symptoms such as headache, fever, nausea, stiffness of neck, discomfort from bright lights, confusion, or dizziness should seek care at the emergency department.