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      InterveneMD addresses meningitis concerns

      (Scott Garrand/WCIV)

      by Stacy Jacobsonsjacobson@abcnews4.com

      *CORRECTION:{} A case of fungal meningitis in the Lowcountry is not confirmed, as was reported Friday.{} According to Jim Beasley with DHEC, the possible injection remains a "probable" case which means confirmation from a CDC lab test is still pending.

      NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has one probable case of fungal meningitis in the Lowcountry.

      The tainted injection carrying the fungus came from InterveneMD, which has locations in North Charleston and Mount Pleasant.

      There are now more than 300 documented cases of possible meningitis in the U.S. InterveneMD is the only clinic in the Lowcountry that gave out the tainted epidural.

      "It has been very difficult for me. Its been like a kick in the gut because a lot of these people I've known for a long time and they've been like family," said InterveneMD's Dr. Todd Joye.

      The clinic has contacted almost 350 patients, Joye said. All of them may have received a tainted steroid injection. Some of them have gone to the emergency room, he said.

      The tainted vials came from the New England Compounding Center in Framingham, Mass. Joye said InterveneMD often uses the steroid to treat joint and back pain.

      "Infections are very rare. In 15 years of practice, I haven't had one," he said.

      Peter McGrath is an attorney who said he represents two to three people in the Charleston area with symptoms of meningitis. He said his clients are happy with{}InterveneMD's help.

      Those meningitis symptoms include fever, headache, neck pain, nausea and sensitivity to light.

      "Consider the reach this one company had and how many people, families, patients and medical facilities affected. It's devastating," Joye said.

      He said patients should go to the emergency room immediately{}if patients may have received a tainted injection and have symptoms.

      InterveneMD doctors said patients who may have received the tainted injection should also wait two to three months before getting another.

      To view a map of where meningitis cases have been reported, click here.

      For more information from the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control, visit http://www.scdhec.gov/.

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