Fungal Meningitis Outbreak Exceeds 200 Cases

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The deadly outbreak of meningitis has now surpassed 200 cases in the United States, including at least one incident in southeastern Idaho. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported seven new cases of fungal meningitis over the weekend, brining the number to 205 in 14 states.

An Idaho male, over 60 years old, has been hospitalized with the disease and is receiving aggressive antifungal treatment to combat the infection.

Officials warned that as many as 39 Idaho patients may have received an epidrual injection of methylprednisolone acetate contaminated with Aspergillus fumigatus.

The outbreak of the disease has been linked to vials of a steroid medication that could have been tainted.

Fifteen people have died so far, according to the CDC, with new cases reported in New Hampshire, Florida, Indiana, and Tennessee. The virals were traced back to the Massachusetts' New England Compounding Center, which recalled its products last week.

Complaints against the pharmaceutical company were filed in both 2002 and 2003, according to the BBC.

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