Maryland health officials who learned of a potential link between a spinal steroid shot and cases of fungal meningitis waited nearly a week before alerting the general public.
Nearly a decade ago, federal health inspectors wanted to shut down the pharmacy linked to a recent deadly meningitis outbreak until it cleaned up its operations, according to congressional investigators.
The number of suspected meningitis cases in Virginia linked to a tainted steroid has risen to 41.
Health officials say four more people have died in the national meningitis outbreak, bringing the number of deaths to 19.
The deadly meningitis outbreak linked to contaminated pain injections has prompted calls for tighter federal regulation of compounding pharmacies
An autopsy has confirmed a 47-year-old Virginia man died Sept. 18 of acute fungal meningitis.
The government says 170 people now have been sickened in the meningitis outbreak linked to tainted steroid shots, and 14 of them have died.