The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services says five Kentuckians have been stricken with non-contagious fungal meningitis and two of those individuals are in Todd County.
Todd County Health Department Director Jen Harris says she’s been notified by the state that two of the people who are suffering with the illness live in her county.
Ms. Harris said she had no reason to be concerned that more Todd County residents might be infected, as the illness is not contagious.
All five of the Kentucky residents infected received treatment for back pain in Tennessee in the form of a contaminated steroid shot, which came from the New England Compounding Center.
Cabinet for Health and Family Services Spokesperson Gwenda Bond says there have been no reports of any Kentucky health care facilities receiving the contaminated shots.
Ms. Bond says anyone who received a steroid shot for back pain in Tennessee who believes they might be suffering from symptoms related to fungal meningitis should contact their doctor immediately.
Over 100 people have been infected nationwide, including eight deaths.