The death toll from a rare form of fungal meningitis has risen to 11, officials said Tuesday, and they reported that 199 have now been sickened by an outbreak of the disease believed linked to contaminated steroid injections.
In a posting by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, officials added New Jersey to the list of states reporting meningitis cases. The other are Tennessee, Michigan, Virginia, Indiana, Florida, Maryland, Minnesota, North Carolina and Ohio.
Officials have tied the meningitis outbreak to vials of steroids produced at New England Compounding Center, a specialty pharmacy in Framingham, Mass. The company recalled the steroid then broadened the recall to include all products it makes.
At a news conference last week, CDC and U.S. Food and Drug Administration officials said the steroid injections were used to combat back pain. Inspection discovered that at least one vial of the steroid had been contaminated by a fungus.