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IL among states concerned about meningitis outbreak

Fri, 05 Oct 2012 06:13:14 CDT
By: AP

Federal health officials say Illinois is among 23 states that received shipments of a steroid linked to a deadly meningitis outbreak. The Illinois Department of Public Health says there are no illnesses reported in the state.
Elsewhere, about 35 people have been sickened and some have died. All received steroid injections, mostly for back pain, a fairly typical treatment. The drug was made by a specialty pharmacy in Massachusetts that issued a recall last week and has shut down operations.
The type of meningitis is caused by a fungus often found in leaf mold, and is not contagious.

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