Two more in Fla. linked to meningitis outbreak

Two more in Fla. linked to meningitis outbreak

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The Florida Department of Health (DOH) has confirmed two more cases from Marion County associated with steroid injections contaminated with fungal meningitis.

Officials said a 52-year-old woman and a 79-year-old woman, both received treatment from the Marion County Pain Management Center. They were injected with one of the contaminated lots of New England Compounding Center (NECC) methylprednisolone acetate used for epidural back injections.

This brings the total meningitis case count in the state to nine, including two fatalities.

Nationwide, the number of cases of fungal meningitis related to contaminated steroid injections is 170 with 14 deaths across 11 states.  Federal health officials have tracked down 12,000 of the roughly 14,000 people who may have received the contaminated steroid shots.

For more information, visit the DOH website or call the state's toll-free hotline at 1-866-523-7339.

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