Michigan infections linked to meningitis outbreak hit 227, up 7 in past week, with 13 deaths
Conditions are linked to contaminated steroids produced by Massachusetts pharmacy used in injections for neck or back pain
A national outbreak of fungal meningitis linked to contaminated steroids has affected at least 227 people in Michigan, an increase of seven in the past week. The number of deaths remains unchanged at 13.
The Michigan Department of Community Health says there have been 67 meningitis cases as of Wednesday, the same as on Dec. 12.
There also have been 138 epidural abscesses, one stroke and 20 peripheral joint infections. Of those who died, 11 had meningitis, one had an epidural abscess and one had a stroke.
All the conditions are linked to contaminated steroids produced by a Massachusetts pharmacy used in injections for neck or back pain.
- Michigan Department of Community Health
- U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention meningitis outbreak map
- Officials seek clinics with steroid linked to meningitis
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