The Associated Press

3 More Deaths Linked To Meningitis Outbreak

NEW YORK — The number of people sickened by a deadly meningitis outbreak has now reached 119 cases, including 11 deaths.

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.

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  • elewisg39

    How did aspergillus get into the vials of steroid
    Is there any  testing of these vials once they are sealed/

    I agree with another observer that this is not a naturally occurring event.
    The term outbreak implies a contagious quality when in reality this is widespread poisoning
    The usual BS about what the FDA can and cannot do.

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