The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has said that with death of a second person in Indiana, the death toll from fungal meningitis has increased in the US to 15 out of nearly 200 people who have been affected in 13 states.
The deaths had been linked to steroid injections to treat back pain and the drug manufacturer who is responsible to supply these drugs had voluntarily recalled on 26th of September 2012 all products which were in circulation and had been made at its Framingham facility.
This has been reported in bbc.com of dated 14th of October 2012.
The 13 states which have been affected are Tennessee, Michigan, Virginia, Indiana, Florida, Maryland, Minnesota, North Carolina, New Jersey, Ohio, Illinois, Idaho and Texas.
The CDC has assured that this is not a contagious disease and is an inflammation of the membranes which protect the brain and spinal cord.
The symptoms usually include severe headache, nausea and fever as well as slurred speech and difficulty in walking.
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