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CDC: Meningitis Cases Reach 170, 14 People Die

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The government says 170 people now have been sickened in the meningitis outbreak linked to tainted steroid shots, and 14 of them have died.

Idaho becomes the 11th state to report at least one illness. The others are Florida, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee and Virginia.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated the count Thursday, showing 33 more cases and two additional deaths reported to the agency in the past day. The outbreak of rare fungal meningitis has been linked to steroid shots for back pain. A specialty pharmacy in Massachusetts has recalled the steroid that was sent to clinics in 23 states, as well as everything else it makes.

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.

Updated case counts can be followed on this link to the CDC's site.

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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