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Death toll from meningitis outbreak on the rise; 13,000 may be infected

100 people have already been sickened and 8 killed by a contaminated batch of steroid injections and with an estimated 13,000 people exposed health officials are scrambling to control the outbreak. The injections were contaminated by a strain of fungal meningitis at their Massachusetts manufacturer and have since been shipped to clinics and doctors’ offices around the country. This is the first legitimate estimate of the possible contamination issued since the outbreak began last week as state and federal investigators attempt to track the three contaminated batches of methylprednisolone acetate injections. Nine states have already suffered illnesses with Tennessee bearing the brunt of the casualties. They have already reported 35 cases and 4 deaths according to the CDC. According to investigators a total of 17,676 doses were produced and shipped to 75 clinics in 23 states. Officials continue to try to track down anyone who may have been exposed. With so many injections still in circulations, and considering the slow onset of the illness, officials expect the number of cases to rise over the coming weeks.

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