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Meningitis Outbreak: Number Of Cases Spreads To 205 In 14 Different States; Death Toll At 15

10/14/2012 08:26 EDT | Updated 12/14/2012 05:12 EST
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Shawn Lockhart looks at the meningitis-causing fungus Exserohilum rostratum at the mycotic lab at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Oct. 12, 2012 in Atlanta. The staff and technicians have been working around the clock to confirm cases and inform the public regarding the multi-state meningitis outbreak that has resulted in 14 deaths. The fungal outbreak is believed to have started at New England Compounding Center where a steroid injection shipment was contaminated with the fungus. (AP Photo/Pouya Dianat)
WASHINGTON - Federal health officials are reporting the number of cases of fungal meningitis has risen to 205.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the number of deaths stands at 15.

Fourteen states are now reporting cases. The latest is New Hampshire. Others include Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.

The outbreak has been linked to steroid shots used for back pain made by a specialty pharmacy in Massachusetts. The medication has been recalled.

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