Meningitis outbreak toll: 23 deaths
Nearly 14,000 people may have received contaminated steroid injections from the New England Compounding Center that are tied to a nationwide fungal meningitis outbreak. As of Nov. 13, 428 people have been infected with meningitis in 19 states, including 33 deaths.
Health officials said people may have received the contaminated injections as treatments for back pain. There have also been 10 additional reported cases of fungal infections in joints such as the knee, hip, shoulder and elbow.
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New figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show a rise in the number of deaths attributable to an outbreak of fungal meningitis
According to data released by the CDC on Saturday, 284 cases (including three joint infections) and 23 deaths are tied to the outbreak.
Cases have been reported in 16 states: Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.
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.
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