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Meningitis outbreak toll: 23 deaths

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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