Meningitis Outbreak Spreads to 2 More States

CDC: 64 infected, 7 deaths

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    An outbreak of meningitis has infected people who received steroid injections.

    Health officials say the death toll in a rare fungal meningitis outbreak across several states has risen to seven.

    In updated figures posted to its website Saturday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the outbreak has spread to more than 60 people across nine states.

    Minnesota and Ohio are the two latest states to report confirmed cases linked to a steroid produced by a specialty pharmacy in Massachusetts. The steroid has been recalled, and health officials have been scrambling to notify anyone who may have been injected with it.

    On Friday, New Jersey officials identified the six health care facilities that dispensed medication that has been associated with a deadly outbreak of fungal meningitis.

    Health Commissioner Mary O'Dowd says the epidural steroid injections were administered at Central Jersey Orthopedics Specialists in South Plainfield; Edison Surgical Center in Edison; IF Pain Associates/Isaiah Florence in Teaneck; Premier Orthopedics Surgical Associates in Vineland; South Jersey Healthcare in Elmer and Vineland, and Richard Siegfried of Sparta.

    Those facilities are contacting patients who received the injections. O'Dowd says anyone who received an injection and hasn't been contacted should call the facility. 

    The New England Compounding Center has said it is cooperating with health investigators to determine the source of the infections.


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