Meningitis Outbreak Toll: 284 Cases, 23 Deaths

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

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)
Deaths: 23
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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