Number Of Steroid-Related Meningitis Cases Rises

NEW YORK (October 8, 2012)--The number of people sickened by a rare meningitis outbreak has now reached 105 and the number of deaths rose to eight, with another fatality in Tennessee, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Monday.

Cases have been reported in Tennessee, Michigan, Virginia, Indiana, Florida, Maryland, Minnesota, North Carolina and Ohio.

Officials have tied the fungal meningitis outbreak to steroid shots for back pain.

The steroid was made by a specialty pharmacy in Massachusetts.

The company recalled the steroid, which was sent to clinics in 23 states and last week the government urged doctors not to use any of the company's products.

On Saturday the New England Compounding Center announced it was recalling all of its products and said the step was taken out of an abundance of caution because of the risk of contamination.

It said there is no indication that any other products have been contaminated.

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