Ohio illnesses in meningitis outbreak back to 16

12:43 PM, Nov 14, 2012   |    comments
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COLUMBUS --  Ohio now has 16 fungal meningitis cases linked to a larger outbreak and recalled steroid injections because the state is counting a 55-year-old Kentucky woman who received an injection in Ohio.

Health officials won't say where the woman lives.

The other 15 cases are in Clermont, Crawford, Franklin, Hamilton, Marion, Morrow, Union and Warren counties. They involve adults, and none have died.

Officials previously removed one woman from the list because the case no longer met the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention definition of this type of meningitis.

Federal officials report more than 430 illnesses and 32 deaths in the outbreak linked to a specialty pharmacy that recalled its products.

Officials say dozens of Ohio facilities received the pharmacy's products. Four clinics in Ohio got the potentially contaminated steroids.

The Associated Press

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