Atlanta – The number of people who have contracted anoncontagious form of meningitis linked to contaminated steroid injections soared to 91 Sunday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.
The reported figure jumped by 27 people in one day, while the death toll remained at seven.
Patients in nine states contracted the deadly fungal meningitis after being injected in their spine with a preservative-free steroid called methylprednisolone acetate that was contaminated by a fungus. The steroid is used to treat pain and inflammation.
The New England Compounding Center (NECC), the Massachusetts-based pharmacy that made the contaminated injections, voluntarily recalled three lots of the injected steroid last week.
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