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Meningitis outbreak toll: 308 cases, 17 states


An outbreak of fungal meningitis has been linked to steroid shots for back pain. The medication, made by a specialty pharmacy in Massachusetts, has been recalled.

Latest numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

Illnesses: 308, including four joint infections.

Deaths: 23

States: 17; Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.

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Online:

CDC: http://www.cdc.gov/HAI/outbreaks/meningitis.html


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