Meningitis Infects 2nd Victim in NC; 5 Deaths Nationwide
A second person was diagnosed with meningitis in North Carolina. The outbreak had spread to seven states, killing five people so far and sickening dozens.
According to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, the second meningitis victim was infected from a steroid injection, intended to treat back pain. Three clinics in North Carolina received the tainted steroids; they are located in High Point, Wilson and Durham.
The NCDHHS did not release the conditions of the 2 North Carolinians who were infected, but said more than 94 people could have been exposed.
Overall, 48 people were infected in seven states. Five people have died: three in Tennessee, one in Virginia and one in Maryland.
The steroid injections, believed to be the source of the outbreak, came from a pharmacy in Massachusetts, called the New England Compounding Center. Almost 18,000 vials of the steroid, called "methylprednisolone acetate, were recalled.
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