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Spinal taps needed for local pain patients

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At least 10 local pain patients who were unknowingly injected with a tainted steroid medicine this summer and fall were given spinal taps since Friday to check for deadly fungal meningitis, according to Dr. Drew Robertson.

Robertson, of Columbus' Wellsping Pain Solutions,  spoke Monday evening about the national outbreak that has killed 11 people and sickened 119 in 10 states, according to federal health officials.

The tests came back negative, but Robertson said physicians will follow patients closely with strict instructions of signs to watch for in coming weeks. Fungal meningitis can appear 90 days after an infection.

Look for more information in Wednesday's Republic.

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