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Meningitis Outbreak Toll: 198 Cases, 15 Deaths

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WASHINGTON -- Federal health officials are reporting the death toll from an outbreak of a rare fungal meningitis has risen to 15.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the outbreak has now sickened 198 people in 13 states.

The latest state reporting cases is Illinois. Others include Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.

The outbreak has been linked to steroid shots used for back pain made by a specialty pharmacy in Massachusetts. The medication has been recalled.

The Tennessee Department of Health is reporting two more cases of fungal meningitis. That brings the total to 52 cases in Tennessee.

The number of cases could grow. Officials now say contaminated steroid injections were used from July till September at the Saint Thomas Outpatient Neurosurgery Center in Nashville, the Specialty Surgery Center in Crossville, and the PCA Pain Center in Oak Ridge.

Illinois has been added to the list of states impacted, and one more death has been reported in Indiana.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

 

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