The number of people infected with meningitis has risen for the fifth consecutive day according to figures released by the CDC.  The CDC, working in conjunction with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, have announced that 14 people have now died and that 170 people have been infected.  The states involved or potentially impacted include California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Texas, and West Virginia.  It is feared that more people could become infected because 13,000 patients were treated with three recalled lots of steroids according to the CDC.  The outbreak of this rare fungal meningitis is linked to steroid shots for back pain, often administered to patients who have suffered back injuries in an accident.  The steroid was recalled on September 26th.  Meningitis, which is an inflammation of the lining of the brain and spinal cord can result in symptoms such as fever, a new or worsening headache, nausea and problems similar to those seen in a stroke.  If you have received a steroid injection in the past two months and are experiencing any of these symptoms you should consult with your physician immediately or go to the closet emergency room.


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