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Correction: Meningitis Outbreak-NJ story

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 31, 2012 at 5:36 pm •  Published: December 31, 2012

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — In a story Dec. 22 about the number of people in New Jersey sickened by fungal meningitis, The Associated Press reported erroneously that there were 46 cases of fungal meningitis reported. In fact, five of those cases were other fungal infections, not meningitis, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The New Jersey state Health Department website did not make that clear.

A corrected version of the story is below:

46 cases of fungal infections now reported in NJ

46 cases of fungal infections now reported in NJ; Health officials say all patients recovering

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Health officials say 46 cases of fungal meningitis and other fungal infections have now been reported in the state.

The cases, five confirmed and 41 considered probable, are linked to recalled, potentially tainted steroid injections produced by a specialty pharmacy in Massachusetts. Nationally, officials say more than 600 cases have been reported in 19 states, including 39 deaths.

Federal officials say 41 cases of fungal meningitis have been reported in New Jersey along with five cases of other spinal fungal infections.

State health officials say no one in New Jersey has died from the illness. Twelve patients remain hospitalized, and all of those sickened continue to recover.

Six more cases were recently announced by state health officials. They include a 60-year-old Salem woman, a 66-year-old Morris County man and four Cumberland County residents — a 64-year-old man and three women, ages 63, 70 and 77.