No Local Cases, But Still Meningitis Concerns

By Matt Hicks

No Local Cases, But Still Meningitis Concerns

October 8, 2012 Updated Oct 9, 2012 at 8:53 AM EST

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The death toll from the recent meningitis outbreak continues to climb.

At least eight people are now dead and 105 people have been diagnosed with the potentially deadly infection across nine states.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, none of these cases have been confirmed in New York.

Although, medical centers in Mineola, Mount Vernon and Rochester are three Empire State facilities that received the drug believed to be responsible for the outbreak.

The drug is a steroid that's been used to treat back and spine ailments.

According to the Broome County Health Department, it is not yet known whether the drug has reached local hospitals, but Guthrie officials tell our media partners at WENY-TV that they do not use products from the New England Compounding Center.

Still, people are paying attention. The health department says it has received some concerns.

"We actually got a couple of calls from people today concerned that they had some kinds of injections and we said the best thing for you to do is call your physicians and find out if what you received is safe," said Marianne Yourdon.

The company that produced the steroid shots for back pain thought to be behind the infections has voluntarily recalled all of its products.