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Ohio illnesses in meningitis outbreak rise to 17

Associated Press Published: November 16, 2012

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Health officials say a Fairfield County woman's fungal meningitis case marks Ohio's 17th illness linked to a larger outbreak and recalled steroid injections for back pain.

The other cases are tied to Clermont, Crawford, Franklin, Hamilton, Marion, Morrow, Union and Warren counties and a Kentucky woman who got an injection in Ohio. They involve adults, and none have died.

Officials previously removed one woman from the list because the case no longer met the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention definition of this type of meningitis.

Federal officials report more than 430 illnesses and 32 deaths in the outbreak linked to a specialty pharmacy that recalled its products.

Officials say dozens of Ohio facilities received the pharmacy's products. Four clinics in Ohio got the potentially contaminated steroids.


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