Dozens Now Affected by Meningitis Outbreak Locally, Much More Nationwide

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC) - The deadly fungal meningitis outbreak that has spread to more than 100 people nationwide, spanning a total of nine states, has now killed two people people in Maryland and Virginia, out of more than 30 reported cases between the two states.

Over 100 cases of Meningitis have been reported across the country, all stemming from the needle prick of a bad dose of steroids that was intended to treat back pain.

The local death toll has risen to eight – one death in Maryland and one death in Virginia – but fungi spreads slowly, and more reports of meningitis in the area are expected.

Health officials said on Tuesday 689 people in Virginia received the affected steroid injections from two clinics – one in Roanoke and the other in Christiansburg – resulting in 24 reported cases of Meningitis. Of those 24, three were residents of West Virginia.

With three more cases reported Tuesday, eight cases of Meningitis have now been reported in Maryland, all stemming from injections at seven separate facilities.

A specialty pharmacy in Massachusetts takes blame for the affected steroid shipment that was sent out to clinics in nine states nationwide – Tennessee, Michigan, Virginia, Indiana, Florida, Maryland, Minnesota, North Carolina and Ohio – with the national death toll attributed to the outbreak having risen to eight, out of 105 total reported cases.

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