(NEW YORK) — According to the Centers for Disease Control on Saturday, two more people have died from contracting fungal meningitis, which brings the death toll to seven.
There are currently 64 cases of fungal meningitis reported by the CDC from the following states: Florida, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee and Virginia.
The outbreak has been linked to spinal steroid injections, a common treatment for back pain. The steroid, called methylprednisolone acetate, was made by the New England Compounding Center, a specialty pharmacy in Framingham, Mass. that has recalled three lots — 17,676 vials — of the drug and shut down operations.
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