Meningitis Outbreak Remains Downstate

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Meningitis outbreak

MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – Marquette County Health officials say of the 29 confirmed cases, including three deaths, associated with an outbreak of fungal meningitis in Michigan all are downstate.

The meningitis is linked to a recalled steroid medication given to people who get injections for back pain.  All the cases are linked to four downstate facilities in Michigan that received the potentially contaminated product prepared by a specialized pharmacy in Massachusetts.

The Marquette County Health Department says none of the medication in question was distributed in the Upper Peninsula.

Nationwide, at least 137 cases and 13 deaths have been reported from 10 states including Michigan. The medication has been recalled by the pharmacy so no other patients are expected to be exposed.

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