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NH Investigating Four Cases In Nationwide Meningitis Outbreak That Has Killed 15

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The New England Compounding Center in Framingham.

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BOSTON (CBS/AP) — A 15th person has died in the nationwide outbreak of a rare fungal meningitis linked to a Framingham pharmacy as the number of total cases increased to at least 197, the CDC reported.

At the same time, New Hampshire Health officials announced that they’re investigating four cases that are believed to be connected to the outbreak.

It’s unclear whether the four New Hampshire cases are included in the 197 the CDC confirmed.

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.

The 14 states with cases are Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.

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