Death Toll in Meningitis Outbreak Hits 15
CDC confirms 197 cases so far, 13 states affected
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 13, 2012 5:22 PM CDT
A lab technician packages cerebrospinal fluid of the three confirmed meningitis cases in Minn. to send to the CDC for further testing, at the Minnesota Department of Health on Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012.   (AP Photo/Hannah Foslien)

(Newser) – Deaths in the outbreak of fungal meningitis linked to steroid shots for back pain, which have been recalled, are up to 15. Latest numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

  • Illnesses: 197
  • Deaths: 15
  • States: 13; Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia