27 cases of fungal meningitis now reported in NJ

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)
November 10, 2012 12:53:16 PM PST
New Jersey health officials say 27 cases of fungal meningitis have now been reported in the state.

The cases, two confirmed and 25 considered probable, are linked to a recalled, potentially tainted steroid produced by a specialty pharmacy in Massachusetts.

Nationally, more than 400 cases have been reported in 19 states, including 32 deaths.

State health officials say no one in New Jersey has died from the illness. Just seven patients remain hospitalized, and all of those sickened continue to recover.

Two more cases were announced in New Jersey this week. The latest, a 74-year-old woman from Salem County and a 34-year-old woman from Cumberland County, were made public on Friday.


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