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Meningitis Outbreak Toll Rises to 7: CDC

6:54 AM, Oct 8, 2012   |    comments
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ATLANTA (AP) - Health officials say the death toll in a rare fungal meningitis outbreak across several states has risen to seven.

In updated figures posted to its website Sunday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the outbreak has spread to 91 people across nine states.

Minnesota and Ohio are the two latest states to report confirmed cases linked to a steroid produced by a specialty pharmacy in Massachusetts.

The steroid was shipped to clinics in 23 states, including one in Macon. No cases of fungal meningitis have been confirmed in Georgia.

EARLIER: 189 Possibly Exposed in Macon to Tainted Steroids

The steroid has been recalled, and health officials have been scrambling to notify anyone who may have been injected with it.

The New England Compounding Center has said it is cooperating with health investigators to determine the source of the infections.

FROM THE CDC: List of Facilities Receiving Potentially-Contaminated Steroids

FROM THE CDC: Current Map of Meningitis Cases Linked to Steroid Injections



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