Patients anxious after learning they may have received injection

Patients anxious after learning they may have received contaminated injections

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Coleman said she is worried about her recent symptoms, but doesn't want to panic. Coleman said she is worried about her recent symptoms, but doesn't want to panic.
Fadrya England was relieved to find out that she did not have meningitis after receiving one of the injections. Fadrya England was relieved to find out that she did not have meningitis after receiving one of the injections.

By ALEXIS ZOTOS
6 News Reporter

OAK RIDGE (WATE) - As the fungal meningitis outbreak continues, the number of cases has continued to rise, but no new deaths were reported on Wednesday.

According to the Tennessee Department of Health, there are now 44 cases in the state, up from 39 Tuesday. Six people have died.

The source of the outbreak is a steroid injection, which was given to patients all over the country and locally at the PCA Pain Care Clinic in Oak Ridge.

No cases have been reported as a result of injections given at the Oak Ridge clinic, but some patients are concerned they may have received the contaminated shots.

"It's all up here in my neck, I have headaches that are unbearable at times and I have dizziness and off balance," explained Lila Coleman, a patient of PCA.

Coleman said she is worried about her recent symptoms, but doesn't want to panic.

"As I was reading what I read I was like, 'OK, let's not panic.' But somebody should be contacting me. Why haven't I been contacted?" Coleman asked.

Coleman said she received steroid injections in July at the PCA during the time period the health department said the contaminated batch was issued.

"There were four injections I received and they were all in the lower lumbar," said Coleman.

But as of Wednesday, she had not been contacted by her doctor.

"I have not been contacted, not by mail, not by phone, by no one. So I'm concerned, I'm really concerned," she said.

Her physician, Dr. Donald Jones, released a statement last week which said, "Each potentially affected patient has been contacted by phone and has been sent an explanatory letter."

Fadrya England is also a PCA  patient who received the contaminated injections. She did get a phone call more than a week ago.

"I got the phone call and I immediately came down," said England.

On Wednesday, she returned to PCA after being tested for fungal meningitis.

"I just found out about 10 minutes ago that everything came back great. I am perfectly fine," England said, beaming after hearing the positive news.

But Coleman has called several times over the last several days and received no call back. She said she knows she's probably fine, but she just wants someone to answer her questions.

"I'm not trying to get myself all upset, but I just want to know," she said.

Dr. Donald Jones did not return our calls and an assistant at the clinic said he did not want to comment.

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