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Two NJ Suits Over Injection Linked to Meningitis

Two New Jersey residents are claiming in lawsuits that they were sickened by a potentially tainted medication that’s been linked to a meningitis outbreak.

Meningitis outbreak map
Outbreak map by state (CDC.gov)

In separate suits filed Tuesday, 45-year-old of Jennifer Marko of Millville, and 45-year-old Brian Pennington of Vineland say they received the injections last month at the Vineland office of Premier Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Associates.

Both claim anxiety over possible exposure to meningitis. Marko says she is having headaches and a “heavy tongue,” while Pennington says he has pain and fevers.

Framingham, Mass.-based New England Compounding Center declined to comment. The Vineland clinic did not return a call.

Health officials said Tuesday that 10 New Jersey patients have now been diagnosed with fungal meningitis. They say 600 patients received the injections between May and September.

 

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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