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Close to 200 cases of Meningitis reported nationwide, death toll at 15

Published On: Oct 13 2012 05:41:04 PM CDT
Updated On: Oct 13 2012 05:47:29 PM CDT
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Find out what you need to know about the meningitis and the outbreak that has killed at least 11 people and sickened more than 100 others.

WASHINGTON (AP) -

Federal health officials are reporting the death toll from an outbreak of a rare fungal meningitis has risen to 15.


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the outbreak has now sickened 197 people in a 13 states.
    
The latest state reporting cases is Illinois. Others include Florida, Idaho, 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.