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Youngest Meningitis Victim Reported In Indiana

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16 year old Karissa Klemm, of Bristol, is recovering at home after a ten day hospital stay for treatment of fungal meningitis. (Tracy Klemm / WSBT) 16 year old Karissa Klemm, of Bristol, is recovering at home after a ten day hospital stay for treatment of fungal meningitis. (Tracy Klemm / WSBT)

BRISTOL, IN- Officials said that an Indiana girl could be the youngest victim of the fungal meningitis outbreak, linked to tainted back pain medication.

Sixteen-year-old Karissa Klemm lives in Bristol, Indiana and is recovering at home after a ten day hospital stay. Family members said the problems all started when Karissa hurt her back while jumping on her family's trampoline.

She received one of those tainted steroid injections and then complained of headaches and a stiff neck.

"I just told my mom that my headache was extremely bad, and I was getting sick to my stomach, and my neck started getting stiff," Karissa told WSBT in Indiana.

Karissa was taken to a local hospital where it was confirmed that she had contracted fungal meningitis.

"It was really heartbreaking and then I didn't want to watch the news anymore and know the death tolls, because even though they said it was early, I just had a fear that something bad could happen," said Karissa's mother Tracy.

Karissa was in the hospital for ten days and will continue to take anti-fungal pills twice a day for the next three months. She hopes to return to school soon.

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