October 11, 2012

CDC: Meningitis cases reach 170, 14 people die

Thirty-three more cases and two additional deaths have been reported to the agency in the past day.

The Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The government says 170 people now have been sickened in the meningitis outbreak linked to tainted steroid shots, and 14 of them have died.

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A laboratory technician at the Minnesota Department of Health in St. Paul, Minn., packages cerebrospinal fluid from the three confirmed meningitis cases in Minnesota to send to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta for further testing.

AP

Idaho becomes the 11th state to report at least one illness. The others are Florida, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee and Virginia.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated the count Thursday, showing 33 more cases and two additional deaths reported to the agency in the past day. 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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