The number of people sickened by a deadly meningitis outbreak has now reached 119 cases, including 11 deaths.
Notable: Meningitis Outbreak
- 10/7/12: Mass. Pharmacy Linked To Meningitis Outbreak Issues Wide Recall
- 10/23: A Trail Of Complaints At Pharmacy Linked To Meningitis Deaths
- 11/7: Pharmacy Board Director Fired
- 11/14: Sec. Bigby: Outbreak A ‘Disaster’ That Was ‘Preventable’
- 12/21: Mass. Firm In Meningitis Case Files For Bankruptcy Protection
- 11/18/13: Congress Approves More Scrutiny For Compounding Pharmacies
- 7/10/14: Gov. Patrick Signs Compounding Pharmacy Bill
- 12/2: Proposed Fund For Meningitis Victims Upped To $135 Million
- 12/17: Pharmacy Owners Arrested
Complete Coverage: Meningitis Outbreak
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated the count on Tuesday.
New Jersey is the 10th state to report at least one illness. The other states involved in the outbreak are Tennessee, Michigan, Virginia, Indiana, Florida, Maryland, Minnesota, North Carolina and Ohio.
Officials have tied the outbreak of rare fungal meningitis to steroid shots for back pain. The steroid was made by a specialty pharmacy in Massachusetts. At least one contaminated vial was found at the company.
The company recalled the steroid that was sent to clinics in 23 states, and later recalled everything it makes.