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Meningitis outbreak: Death toll rises to 30

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A sample of Cladosporium species, one of the fungi diagnosed in the fungal meningitis outbreak sweeping the United States. REUTERS/Harrison McClary

An outbreak of fungal meningitis has been linked to steroid shots for back pain made by a specialty pharmacy in Massachusetts. The medication was recalled in late September.

Latest numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

Illnesses: 419, including 10 joint infections.

Deaths: 30.

States: 19; Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.