12 More Infected in Fungal Meningitis Outbreak Tied to New England Pharmacy

Twelve more people have been infected in an outbreak of fungal meningitis tied to a Framingham pharmacy, bringing the total number of cases to 294. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported no new deaths when it updated its infection reportMonday.

Twenty-three people have died after receiving steroid injections made at the New England Compounding Center. Three joint infections have also been tied to the steroids, which are used to treat back and joint pain.

The company and a related company with common ownership, Ameridose, are under scrutiny from state and federal investigators.

Federal health officials have said as many as 14,000 people may have been exposed to the tainted drugs between May 21 and Sept. 26. Among those infected, 10 people are in New Hampshire. No new cases were reported in that state Monday.

Tennessee and Michigan have seen the largest numbers of infections and resulting deaths. Nine of the new cases were in Michigan. Two were in Indiana and one was in Maryland.

Source: Chelsea Conaboy, Boston

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