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Meningitis Outbreak Now Linked To 184 Cases And 14 Deaths

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BOSTON (CBS/AP) — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Friday that the number of cases of rare fungal meningitis nationwide has increased to 184 with 14 deaths.

The CDC has said the outbreak is among patients who received epidural steroid injections that were made by the New England Compounding Center, a specialty pharmacy in Framingham that has issued a recall for all its products.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Diane Stern Reports

This form of meningitis is not contagious and symptoms include fever, new or worsening headache, neck stiffness, sensitivity to light, increasing pain, and redness or swelling of the injection site.

The 12 states with cases are Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.

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