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Published On: Fri, Oct 12th, 2012

Fungal meningitis update: Second death reported from Florida, Idaho becomes 11th state to report a case

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released the latest numbers associated with the multistate fungal meningitis outbreak today, and the federal health officials say as of Oct. 11, the total case count has jumped to 170, up from 137 just one day ago.

Photomicrograph showing fine branching tubes of Exserohilum rostratum/ CDC

In addition, there were two additional fatalities linked to the contaminated  methylprednisolone acetate used for epidural back injections, up to 14 total.

The two deaths were reported from Florida and Indiana.

In Florida, the Florida Department of Health (DOH) has confirmed that an 83-year old man in Marion County has died as a result of the fungal meningitis outbreak, which is the second fatality in the state.

The other death was reported from Indiana, the first from the Hoosier State.

Idaho became the 11th state to report a fungal meningitis case linked  to the steroid injections manufactured by New England Compounding Center (NECC) in Framingham, Mass.

The Idaho Department of Health says a an eastern Idaho man over the age of 60 who received an epidural steroid injection in September has been diagnosed with non-contagious fungal meningitis.

The CDC also says that their fungal laboratory has confirmed the presence of the fungus Exserohilum in 10 people with meningitis and the fungus Aspergillus in one person with meningitis.

Listen to the CDC, FDA, Massachusetts Department of Public Health Joint Telebriefing Updating Investigation of Meningitis Outbreak Media Advisory here

Read coverage of the outbreak since Oct. 1

 

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