December 22, 2014
UNDATED (AP) - An outbreak of fungal meningitis linked to steroid shots for back pain is now blamed for 284 illnesses in 16 states, and 23 deaths. The medication, made by a specialty pharmacy in Massachusetts, has been recalled.
Here are the latest numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
Illnesses: 284 (including three joint infections)
States: 16 (Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia)
The only vials of the steroid that were in Nevada were recalled before being used.
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