DETROIT (AP) – The number of abscesses linked to contaminated steroids is continuing to rise in Michigan, with four new cases reported in recent days.

The infections are linked to a national outbreak blamed for 67 fungal meningitis cases and 13 deaths in Michigan.

While the meningitis cases have held steady in recent weeks, the number of related non-meningitis infections continue to grow.

The Michigan Department of Community Health says there were 142 epidural abscesses linked to the contaminated steroids as of Friday.

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


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