Ind. has 2nd death from fungal meningitis outbreak - 14 News, WFIE, Evansville, Henderson, Owensboro

Meningitis outbreak toll: 205 cases, 15 deaths

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Federal health officials say a second person has died from fungal meningitis after receiving an injection in Indiana that's been linked to a tainted back pain medication.

The medication, made by a specialty pharmacy in Massachusetts, has been recalled.

Latest numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

Illnesses: 205

Deaths: 15

States: 14; Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on its website Saturday that Indiana's cases of the disease have risen to 27.

A State Department of Health spokesman didn't return a phone call from The Associated Press seeking comment.

The family of an 89-year-old southern Michigan woman said Thursday they believe she died of fungal meningitis after receiving two injections of the tainted drug at a northern Indiana clinic.

Indiana's 27 cases involve patients at six Indiana health facilities that received a steroid recalled by a Massachusetts specialty pharmacy. Those clinics are in Elkhart, Evansville, Fort Wayne, South Bend, Terre Haute and Columbus.

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