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Rare US meningitis outbreak grows; 4 dead, 22 sick

Rare US meningitis outbreak grows; 4 dead, 22 sick

By TRAVIS LOLLER and MIKE STOBBE, AP
5 hours ago

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — An outbreak of a rare form of meningitis is likely to grow after sickening 26 people in five states, including four who died, health officials warned.

All received steroid injections, mostly for back pain, a fairly typical treatment. The drug was made by a specialty pharmacy in Massachusetts that issued a recall last week and has shut down operations.

The type of meningitis involved is not contagious like the more common forms. This type is caused by a fungus often found in leaf mold and which health officials suspect may have been in the steroid.

Eighteen of the cases are in Tennessee, where a Nashville clinic received the largest shipment of the steroid.. Investigators, though, say they are still trying to confirm the source of the infection.

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