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Fungal Meningitis Outbreak Claims Four More Lives; 245 Cases Reported

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0  Updated at 6:14 pm, October 17th, 2012 By: ABC Digital
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iStockphoto/Thinkstock(ATLANTA) — The national meningitis outbreak continues to spread as health officials say the infection has killed four more people in Tennessee, Florida and Virginia.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are now reporting 19 people dead and 245 cases of infection from fungal meningitis tied to contaminated back pain steroid injections.

[See a map of cases by state]

The government is asking doctors to tell patients if they received the medication from the New England Compounding Center.

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