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CDC: Meningitis outbreak growing, 14 people dead

October 12, 2012 • National News


This undated image made available by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows the Exserohilum rostratum fungus. The CDC said Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012 tests have shown Exserohilum fungus in 10 people sickened in the current fungal meningitis outbreak. It’s a common mold found in soil and on plants. (AP Photo/CDC)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health officials have tracked down 12,000 of the roughly 14,000 people who may have received contaminated steroid shots in the nation’s growing meningitis outbreak, warning Thursday that patients will need to keep watch for symptoms of the deadly infection for months.

“We know that we are not out of the woods yet,” Dr. J. Todd Weber of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said as the death toll reached 14.

Of the 170 people sickened in the outbreak, all but one have a rare fungal form of meningitis after receiving suspect steroid shots for back pain, the CDC said. The other case is an ankle infection discovered in Michigan; steroid shots also can be given to treat aching knees, shoulders or other joints.

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