WEB EXTRA: Meningitis Outbreak Toll

Created: 10/20/2012 2:26 PM KSTP.com By: Jennie Olson

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.
Latest numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
Illnesses: 284, including three joint infections.
Deaths: 23
States: 16; Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.
CDC: http://www.cdc.gov/HAI/outbreaks/meningitis.html

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)