2nd Indiana death reported in meningitis outbreak

2nd Indiana death reported in meningitis outbreak

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FRAMINGHAM, MA - OCTOBER 05: The New England Compounding Center is shown here on October 5, 2012 in Framingham, Massachusetts. The pharmacy is currently being investigated for producing a contaminated steroid shot that included the meningitis fungus that has killed at least five people. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

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by Associated Press

WHAS11.com

Posted on October 13, 2012 at 9:44 PM

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Federal health officials say a second person has died from fungal meningitis after receiving an injection in Indiana that's been linked to a tainted back pain medication.
 
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on its website Saturday that Indiana's cases of the disease have risen to 27.
 
A State Department of Health spokesman didn't return a phone call from The Associated Press seeking comment.
 
The family of an 89-year-old southern Michigan woman said Thursday they believe she died of fungal meningitis after receiving two injections of the tainted drug at a northern Indiana clinic.
 
Indiana's 27 cases involve patients at six Indiana health facilities that received a steroid recalled by a Massachusetts specialty pharmacy. Those clinics are in Elkhart, Evansville, Fort Wayne, South Bend, Terre Haute and Columbus.

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