CDC: Cases of a rare fungal meningitis rise to 438; deaths at 32

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An outbreak of fungal meningitis has been linked to steroid shots for back pain made by a specialty pharmacy in Massachusetts. The medication was recalled in late September.

Latest numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

Illnesses: 438, including 10 joint infections.

Deaths: 32.

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.

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Online:

CDC: http://www.cdc.gov/HAI/outbreaks/meningitis.html

Organizations: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Geographic location: Massachusetts, Florida, Georgia Idaho Illinois Indiana Maryland Michigan Minnesota New Hampshire New Jersey New York North Carolina Ohio, Pennsylvania Rhode Island South Carolina Tennessee Texas Virginia

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