Mass. Launches Criminal Probe of Firm Linked to Meningitis Outbreak: Report

Toll now stands at 24 dead, 317 sickened in 17 states, CDC says

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The CDC on Wednesday had the following state-by-state breakdown of cases: Florida: 19 cases, including 3 deaths; Georgia, 1 case; Idaho, 1 case; Illinois, 1 case; Indiana: 41 cases, including 3 deaths; Maryland: 17 cases, including 1 death; Michigan: 73 cases, including 5 deaths; Minnesota: 7 cases; New Hampshire: 10 cases; New Jersey: 18 cases; New York: 1 case; North Carolina: 2 cases, including 1 death; Ohio: 11 cases; Pennsylvania: 1 case; Tennessee: 70 cases, including 9 deaths; Texas: 1 case; Virginia: 43 cases, including 2 deaths.

Health officials said they expect to see more cases of the rare type of meningitis, which is not contagious, because symptoms can take a month or more to appear.

Infected patients have developed a range of symptoms approximately one to four weeks following their injection. People who have had a steroid injection since July, and have any of the following symptoms, should talk to their doctor as soon as possible: worsening headache, fever, sensitivity to light, stiff neck, new weakness or numbness in any part of your body or slurred speech, the CDC said.

Infected patients must receive intravenous drugs in a hospital.

Compounding pharmacies aren't subject to the same FDA oversight as regular drug manufacturers are, and some members of Congress now say the meningitis outbreak highlights the need for more regulatory control.

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