Oct 30 Three more patients have died after
contracting fungal meningitis from potentially tainted steroid
injections supplied by a Massachusetts company, the U.S. Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention said on Tuesday, bringing the
death toll from the outbreak to 28 nationwide.
Two of the new deaths were in Michigan, which now has
reported seven fatalities, and one in Tennessee which has
confirmed 11 deaths, the CDC said. The two states have been the
hardest hit by the outbreak, first discovered in Tennessee late
The number of cases of fungal meningitis reported across the
United States rose to 356 on Tuesday, up nine from Monday, the
CDC said. Nineteen of 23 states that received shipments of the
steroid have reported cases.
There also are seven reported cases of infections after the
steroid was injected into a joint such as a knee, hip, shoulder
or elbow, bringing the total number of infections to 363.
The steroid was supplied by New England Compounding Center
of Framingham, Massachusetts, which faces multiple
investigations. Health authorities have said its facility near
Boston failed to make medications in sterile conditions.
(Reporting by Greg McCune; editing by Christopher Wilson)