Meningitis Death Toll Hits 11

And 13K could be at risk

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Oct 9, 2012 1:41 PM CDT

(Newser) – The death toll from the US fungal meningitis outbreak is up to 11 after three more people died, the CDC said today. The total number sick is also up by 14 people to a total of 119, and 10 states have been affected. (New Jersey is the latest.) The outbreak is linked to steroid injections, and authorities believe some 13,000 could have been exposed, Reuters reports. Click for more on the outbreak.

A vial of injectable steroids from the New England Compounding Center is displayed in the Tennessee Department of Health in Nashville, Tenn., on Monday, Oct. 8, 2012.
A vial of injectable steroids from the New England Compounding Center is displayed in the Tennessee Department of Health in Nashville, Tenn., on Monday, Oct. 8, 2012.   (AP Photo/Kristin M. Hall)
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