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Meningitis outbreak toll up to 170 cases, 14 deaths

Posted by: Colleen Stoxen Updated: October 11, 2012 - 3:07 PM

The number of meningitis infections has risen for the fifth consecutive day since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention began releasing figures.

Thursday, the CDC announced that 14 people have died and 170 have been infected. The latest victims died in Florida and Indiana. Victims have died in six states: six in Tennessee, three in Michigan, two in Florida and one each in Maryland, Virginia and Indiana.

Other states reporting infections are Idaho, Minnesota, North Carolina, New Jersey and Ohio. Many more people could become infected because 13,000 patients were treated with three recalled lots of steroids, CDC spokesman Curtis Allen said.

The outbreak of rare fungal meningitis has been linked to steroid shots for back pain. A specialty pharmacy in Massachusetts has recalled the steroid that was sent to clinics in 23 states, as well as everything else it makes.

 

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