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Fungal Meningitis Outbreak Continues To Affect Michiganders

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DETROIT (AP) – A national outbreak of fungal meningitis linked to contaminated steroids has affected at least 214 people in Michigan, an increase of 17 in a week.

The Michigan Department of Community Health says there have been 67 meningitis cases as of Friday.

There also have been 131 epidural abscesses, one stroke and 14 peripheral joint infections linked to contaminated steroids produced by a Massachusetts pharmacy used in injections for neck or back pain.

The department reported 197 infections on Nov. 30.

The number of deaths in Michigan has remained unchanged in the past week at 13. That includes three state residents who contracted infections in Indiana.

Find more information from the Michigan Department of Community Health  and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention meningitis outbreak map: http://1.usa.gov/Qsw1eU

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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