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Rare type of meningitis kills 4 in the U.S.

According to NBC News a rare form of meningitis has led to 22 illnesses and 4 deaths in the US and a contaminated steroid could be the cause of the outbreak. The steroid injection, usually administered to relieve back pain, is believed to have been tainted as everyone affected was given the shots shortly before falling ill. Unlike most forms of meningitis, this variety is not contagious. It is found in a fungus that comes from leaf mold that somehow made its way into the batch of steroids made by a pharmacy in Framingham, Massachusetts. The majority of the batch was shipped to Tennessee where 18 illnesses and 2 deaths have been reported but patients in Maryland, Florida and North Carolina have also been exposed and health officials fear that more reports of illness will start pouring in from around the country. Symptoms of meningitis can include headache, dizziness, fever and upset stomach, slurred speech and trouble walking and while many recover with treatment it can also be fatal.

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