Seventh Person Dies From Meningitis Outbreak

The spread comes from an infected steroid shot.

Sunday, Oct 7, 2012  |  Updated 10:06 AM EDT
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Seventh Person Dies From Meningitis Outbreak

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An outbreak of meningitis has infected people who received steroid injections.

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The Centers for Disease Control say a seventh person has died from a meningitis outbreak that’s spread to nine states, including Maryland and Virginia.

At least 64 people have gotten sick from contaminated steroid shots, and health officials in 23 states are trying to track down patients who have received the shots for back pain.

Last week, Virginia health officials announced that five people have contracted meningitis, and more cases could be uncovered, as around 600 people were exposed to the bacteria.

The steroid was manufactured by New England Compounding Center in Massachusetts. It has recently shut down operations and stopped distributing its products.

On late Friday, the CDC released a list of around 75 health-care facilities that received the contaminated steroid.

U.S. health officials said they expect to see more cases of the rare type of meningitis, which is not contagious, because symptoms can take a month or more to appear.

Symptoms include headache, fever, stiff neck, sensitivity to light, and new weakness or numbness.

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