Meningitis Outbreak in the US: 7 Dead According to CDC

Meningitis Outbreak Claims 7 Lives

A steroid produced by a specialty pharmacy in Massachusetts has led to a meningitis outbreak across several states that has taken the lives of seven people. The steroid has been recalled and authorities are trying to inform everyone who has been injected with it.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention just announced that the outbreak is confirmed to have affected 60 people across nine states. The latest states to report cases are Minnesota and Ohio. The fear is that thousands have been affected since 75 facilities in 23 states received doses of the recalled steroid.

The outbreak is of a rare fungal form of meningitis. The fungus is not transmitted person to person.

(h/t NYT and USA Today)