Number of US patients with fungal meningitis grows to 119

The number of patients infected with fungal meningitis from a contaminated steroid treatment grew to 119 Tuesday, including 11 deaths, federal health officials said. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention added a tenth state—New Jersey—to those with confirmed cases.

The CDC said hospitals and doctors should contact patients who received injections for low back pain from three lots of preservative-free methylprednisolone acetate (80mg/ml) made by New England Compounding Center in Framingham, recalled on September 26.

The agency moved back the time frame that caregivers began giving the potentially contaminated injections to May 21, 2012. The CDC previously said the injections began in July.

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