Fungal meningitis cases in NJ rise to 13

Laboratory technician Ruth Rutledge packages cerebrospinal fluid of the three confirmed meningitis cases in Minn., to send to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta for further testing, at the Minnesota Department of Health in St. Paul, Minn., on Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012. The number of people sickened by a deadly meningitis outbreak has now reached 119 cases, including 11 deaths, according to the CDC. The states involved in the outbreak are Tennessee, Michigan, Virginia, Indiana, Florida, Maryland, Minnesota, North Carolina, New Jersey and Ohio. Officials have tied the outbreak of rare fungal meningitis to steroid shots for back pain. (AP Photo/Hannah Foslien)
October 18, 2012 5:57:34 PM PDT
New Jersey health officials are reporting another fungal meningitis case, bringing to 13 in the state tied to a potentially tainted medication.

Health officials on Thursday say the newest patient is a 48-year-old female in Cumberland County who received steroid injections in August.

The cases are isolated to Atlantic, Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem counties.

Overall, 11 of the 13 patients remained hospitalized Thursday.

Health officials say more than 600 patients in New Jersey received the steroid injection at six facilities across the state from May 21 to Sept. 26.


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