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Meningitis Outbreak Toll: 119 Cases, 11 Deaths

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The number of people sickened by a deadly meningitis outbreak has now reached 119 cases, including 11 deaths.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated the count on Tuesday.

New Jersey is the 10th state to report at least one illness.

Officials have tied the outbreak of rare fungal meningitis to steroid shots for back pain. The steroid was made by a specialty pharmacy in Massachusetts. At least one contaminated vial was found at the company.

The potentially contaminated injections were given starting May 21, 2012, with Tennessee so far reporting the most number of overall cases -- 35 cases, including 4 deaths. Other states reporting deaths are Maryland, Michigan and Virginia. Updated case counts can be followed on this link to the CDC's site.

In addition to the states where deaths have occurred, other states with confirmed cases are Florida, Indiana, Minnesota, North Carolina and Ohio.

The CDC says as many as 13,000 people may have received medicine from the potentially contaminated injections.

The company recalled the steroid that was sent to clinics in 23 states, and later recalled everything it makes. (The only Nevada location identified is Sahara Surgery Center in Las Vegas - 702-362-7874)

The Food and Drug Administration is urging anyone who has experienced problems to report it to MedWatch, the agency's voluntary reporting program, by phone at 1-800-FDA-1088 or online at www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/medwatch/medwatch-online.htm. (AP, CNN)

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