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Husband Of Meningitis Victim Now Being Treated

DETROIT (WWJ/AP) – A Michigan man whose wife’s death was tied to the national outbreak of meningitis says he’s in a hospital being treated for the same illness.

George Cary said he began having severe headaches Friday, days after being told that initial tests in early October showed no evidence of meningitis.

The 65-year-old Livingston County resident didn’t disclose the name of the hospital Wednesday in his statement, which was provided exclusively to The Associated Press.

He said he’s feeling “much better” after three days of treatments.

Cary and his wife, Lilian, were treated for back and neck pain at a Brighton-area clinic that used contaminated steroids made by a Massachusetts pharmacy. Lilian Cary died Sept. 30.

Authorities are reporting six deaths and 69 infections in Michigan linked to those steroids. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported 308 cases and 24 deaths nationwide.

Fungal meningitis is not transmitted person-to-person. Infected patients have presented approximately one to four weeks following their injection with a variety of symptoms including fever, new or worsening headache, nausea, and other symptoms consistent with a stroke. Some of these patients’ symptoms were very mild in nature. (Read more here).

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