October 31, 2012 in Nation/World

Meningitis outbreak toll: 377 illnesses, 29 deaths

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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: 377, including nine joint infections.

Deaths: 29

States: 19; Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.

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Online:

CDC map: http://www.cdc.gov/hai/outbreaks/meningitis-map.html

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