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CDC: Meningitis outbreak death toll rises to 7

Published On: Oct 06 2012 11:22:03 PM CDT
Updated On: Oct 08 2012 12:47:53 PM CDT
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho -

Health officials say the death toll in a rare fungal meningitis outbreak across several states has risen to seven.

In updated figures posted to its website Saturday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the outbreak has spread to more than 60 people across nine states.

Minnesota and Ohio are the two latest states to report confirmed cases linked to a steroid produced by a specialty pharmacy in Massachusetts. The steroid has been recalled, and health officials have been scrambling to notify anyone who may have been injected with it.

We reported Friday shipments of the recalled steroid were sent to the Pain Specialists of Idaho clinic in Idaho Falls. It is working to notify any of its patients who may be at risk.

No illnesses related to the outbreak have been reported in Idaho.

The New England Compounding Center has said it is cooperating with health investigators to determine the source of the infections.

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