The death toll from an outbreak of a rare form of fungal meningitis has risen to 14, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday. Further, the first Western state has reported a case.
In a posting on its website, the CDC said 170 cases -- including 14 deaths -- have now been reported across the country.
The agency said 11 states now have cases and that Idaho, the first Western state, has been added to the list. Other states that have reported cases are Florida, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee and Virginia.
The outbreak has been traced to supplies of steroid injections administered to stop back pain. The material was prepared by 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.
Officials have said the steroids were shipped to 75 clinics and facilities in 23 states. At a news conference, they also warned that they expected the outbreak to continue to spread.