What Has Caused The Deadly Meningitis Outbreak In USA (Video)

Health officials in Massachusetts and across the US are continuing their investigation into what caused an outbreak of fungal meningitis that has killed 12 people so far.

Since the Sept. 25 recall of three lots of a steroid produced by a Massachusetts company, 138 people have contracted meningitis and 12 have died, according to the latest tally from the Centers of Disease Control and Idaho on Wednesday.

The Idaho case was the first discovered in the western United States. The hardest hit state is Tennessee with 44 people sickened with the rare disease.

Tennessee has been the hardest hit state, with six reported deaths and 44 cases of meningitis, followed by Michigan with three deaths and 28 cases, Virginia with one death and 27 cases and Maryland with one death and nine cases.

The number of cases has grown rapidly as health practitioners contacted some 13,000 people around the country who received injections from a potentially tainted supply of steroid medication shipped to 23 states.

The rate of infection overall is not known. Tennessee authorities believe they could still see new cases into the early part of November, though that could change as more information is collected, officials said.

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