Steroid-related meningitis cases rise to 47Mount Pleasant clinic got possibly tainted steroid

Patsy Bivins, 68 of Sturgis, Ky., drinks coffee while sitting on her porch with her dog Little Britches at her apartment in Sturgis, Ky. on Friday. Bivins was injected with steroids at St. Mary Sugricare in Evansville, Ind., which notified her of possibly being infected with fungal meningitis.

COLUMBIA — South Carolina health officials say one clinic in Mount Pleasant received a batch of drugs used for steroid shots that have been linked to a rare form of meningitis.

The Department of Health and Environmental Control said Friday that no cases of fungal meningitis have been reported in South Carolina. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says about three dozen people in six other states have contracted meningitis. Five of them have died.

The CDC says Intervene MD is the clinic in South Carolina. Officials say they have notified 177 of the 189 patients who got spinal steroid injections from the clinic to discuss their health and the symptoms of meningitis.

DHEC says residents don’t need to worry unless they have heard from the clinic or the agency.