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Meningitis epidemic already accounts for 19 deaths in the United States

The indices aggregated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show the record of 247 cases in 15 states.

 
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Four more people died in the meningitis epidemic that reaches the United States, raising the death toll to 19 on Wednesday. Two people in Tennessee, one in Florida and one in Virginia.

The indices aggregated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show the record of 247 cases in 15 states. All were given the drug at the pharmacy made New England Compounding Center (NECC) in Framingham, Massachusetts.

The test results so far show three types of infections by fungi, mostly a form of black mold, according to the CDC. Of the 42 patients, 40 were infected with the fungus Exserohilum. The others were infected with Aspergillus or Cladosporium.

On Monday, FDA officials reported the possibility of contamination on two more drugs made at NECC: other steroids and a solution used during heart surgery. Initially, the FDA said two patients who received a heart transplant solution developed fungal infections in the heart, but just confirming that the case involved a solution made by another company. They also warned that there could be other explanations for the infections.

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