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Steroid-linked outbreak toll: 214 cases, 15 deaths

9:30 PM, Oct 15, 2012   |    comments
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An outbreak of fungal meningitis has been linked to steroid shots for back pain. The medication, made by a specialty pharmacy in Massachusetts, has been recalled.
 
Latest numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
 
Illnesses: 214; 212 cases of fungal meningitis, two joint infections.
 
Deaths: 15
 
States: 15; Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.
 
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CDC: http://www.cdc.gov/HAI/outbreaks/meningitis.html

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