Leon County Health Department Investigates Staph Outbreak

By: Blaine Tolison Email
By: Blaine Tolison Email

The Leon County Health Department began its investigation when the lead physician at the Pain Institute of North Florida noticed something was wrong. Michelle Ubben, a spokeswoman for the Institute said, "When several patients contacted him reporting similar symptoms, he immediately contacted state health officials."

Some of those symptoms included increasing pain, fever, and headaches. The Leon County Health Department is reviewing several factors that may be the cause-- including, a drug that was administered to some patients.

Homer Rice, with the Leon County Health Department said, "We're investigating all of the avenues including the possibility that the drug was contaminated. We're collecting samples of the lot number of the drug. We're sending them off to be tested. CDC has agreed to test those, just to put an end to that piece of it just to make sure that it's not the drug itself. Now we're also investigating other places, other people."

The Health Department has taken environmental samples of the facility as well. They say they are awaiting initial results, which could come back by the middle of next week. The health department says it is only looking at patients who had procedures done at the Pain Institute of Florida for this investigation. Officials are asking that they call 850-606-8161 as soon as possible.


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