A health official said Wednesday that four people who received spinal injections of a possibly-contaminated steroid at a local clinic that could put them at risk of developing a potentially-deadly case of fungal meningitis have still not been found.

Law enforcement, neighbors, family and landlords have been enlisted in the search for the patients who received the pain treatment at Intervene MD of Mount Pleasant, said Dr. Kathryn Arden, regional medical director for the state Department of Health and Environmental Control.

Arden said a plan has been developed to track down three of the four individuals who have yet to be contacted. Officials are still working on a strategy to find the remaining patient, she said.

The four patients are part of a group of more than 200 people who received injections of methylprednisolone acetate at Intervene MD. Twelve of them were referred for a lumbar puncture to have spinal fluid tested for the presence of the disease, Arden said.

No one in South Carolina has been diagnosed with fungal meningitis as a result of receiving a spinal injection of the suspect medicine at Intervene MD, which is the only clinic in the state affected by the Sept. 26 national recall of 5,000 unused single-or-multidose vials of the steroid.

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