Health
3:36 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

Number of confirmed fungal meningitis cases in Michigan jumps

There’s been a big jump in the number of people in Michigan affected by that national fungal meningitis outbreak.

The Centers for Disease Control says 39 people in Michigan have contracted fungal meningitis from tainted steroid injections.  Just Wednesday, the CDC listed only 28 confirmed cases in Michigan.

Three Michigan women have died since receiving the injections, which were intended to treat back pain.

Nationwide, 14 people have died.

In all, the CDC says 170 people in 11 states, including Ohio and Indiana, have been infected.

The number is expected to continue to rise.   Its possible the number of people exposed to the tainted steroid injection could be close to 13 thousand.