Death toll in U.S. fungal meningitis outbreak hits 23
Vials of the inject-able steroid product made by New England Compounding Center implicated in a fungal meningitis outbreak are seen on Oct. 9, 2012.(Minnesota Department of Health)
The Associated Press
Published Sunday, October 21, 2012 2:47PM EDT
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.
The latest numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
Illnesses: 284, including three joint infections.
States: 16; Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.