Meningitis cases jump in Michigan, CDC reports 14 deaths nationwide

(WXYZ) - The Center for Disease Control is reporting 10 new cases of fungal meningitis in the state of Michigan. Just yesterday, there were 29 cases in Michigan. That number has now jumped to 39.

According to the CDC, the number of deaths nationwide has also risen from 12 to 14.

The number of cases across the country has risen to 170.

The meningitis outbreak is linked to contaminated steroid shots. The shots are typically used to treat back pain.

Eleven states are reporting cases and include Idaho, Florida, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee and Virginia.

The contaminated injections were supplied by a specialty pharmacy have since been recalled.

A specialty pharmacy in Massachusetts has recalled the steroid. The injections were sent to clinics in 23 states including Michigan.

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