More meningitis deaths in Michigan

Michigan health officials have confirmed two new deaths from tainted steroids.

This photo provided Oct. 9, 2012, by the Minnesota Department of Health shows shows vials of the injectable steroid product made by New England Compounding Center implicated in a fungal meningitis outbreak that were being shipped to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta from Minneapolis. About 17,700 single-dose vials of the steroid sent to 23 states have been recalled. The outbreak involves 10 states, including Minnesota. (AP Photo/Minnesota Department of Health)

Last year's meningitis outbreak isn't over yet.

Michigan health officials have confirmed two new deaths from the tainted steroids. They are a 64-year-old woman and a 75-year-old man, both from Livingston County. Twenty-two Michigan residents have died since 2012, including three people who received steroid injections in Indiana.

Fungal meningitis has been linked to contaminated steroids produced by a Massachusetts pharmacy. Patients who became ill received injections for neck or back pain.

The deaths in Michigan account for nearly a third of the national total, which is close to 65 deaths. 750 patients have been treated for related illnesses.


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