Bristol teen returns to school after meningitis infection

By: NewsCenter 16 Email
By: NewsCenter 16 Email
A Bristol teenager is planning to return to school this week, after recovering from fungal meningitis linked to tainted back pain medication.

Laboratory technician Ruth Rutledge packages cerebrospinal fluid of the three confirmed meningitis cases in Minn., to send to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta for further testing, at the Minnesota Department of Health in St. Paul, Minn., on Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012. (AP Photo/Hannah Foslien)

A Bristol teenager is planning to return to school this week, after recovering from fungal meningitis linked to tainted back pain medication.

16-year-old Karissa Klemm was diagnosed October 11th and hospitalized for 10 days. She's planning to head back to class Wednesday.

45 cases of meningitis are now linked to Indiana. The death toll in the state stands at three, all of them connected to Elkhart County.

Michigan's health department is currently reporting 90 infections and six deaths. That includes a Cass County woman who received the steroid injection at the OSMC Outpatient Surgery Center in Elkhart.


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