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Published On: Tue, Dec 18th, 2012

Multistate Fungal Meningitis Outbreak eclipse 600 cases nationally

The fungal meningitis outbreak linked  to the use of injectable steroids from the New England Compounding Center (NECC) has surpassed 600 cases across the country, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) update Dec. 17.

The latest numbers are 620 cases reported in 19 states. In addition, 39 people died as a result of their  infections.

In addition for fungal meningitis, the CDC investigation also includes fungal infections associated with injections in a peripheral joint space, such as a knee, shoulder or ankle.

Michigan has seen the most cases with 223, followed by Tennessee with 124 and Indiana with 68.

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