Death Toll In Meningitis Outbreak Increases To 23

BOSTON (CBS) – The death toll in a nationwide fungal meningitis outbreak tied to a Framingham pharmacy increased to 23 on Sunday.

The Centers For Disease Control and Prevention reported 284 illnesses, including three joint infections.

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

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