Meningitis outbreak toll: 404 cases, 29 deaths

November 2, 2012 by The Associated Press

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 :

Illnesses: 404, 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.

Explore further: Meningitis outbreak toll: 386 cases

More information: CDC: www.cdc.gov/HAI/outbreaks/meningitis.html

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