6:18 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

Deaths In Mich. Rise To 6 In Meningitis Outbreak

Officials have added another Michigan death to the national meningitis outbreak.

At least six Michigan residents have died among the 49 stricken with fungal meningitis. The latest is a 79-year-old woman from Oakland County. The illness has been linked to contaminated steroids made at an East Coast pharmacy and shipped to a handful of Michigan clinics.
The Michigan Department of Community Health says there have been four abscesses and a joint infection, in addition to the meningitis cases.
The most important factor determining who gets sick seems to be how much fungus was contaminating a vial of medication. The steroids were injected to relieve back and neck pain.