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CDC: Meningitis cases reach 170, with 14 deaths

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated the number of fungal meningitis cases Thursday, adding 33 more confirmed cases and two additional deaths in the past day.

170 people nationwide have now have been infected in the meningitis outbreak linked to tainted steroid shots, with 14 deaths reported.

Idaho is the 11th state to report at least one case of fungal meningitis. The others are Florida, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee and Virginia.

Three women in Minnesota are being treated for mild symptoms of fungal meningitis. The state health department has also attempted to notify more than 830 people who may be infected.

Anyone who received a steroid shot from either the Minnesota Advanced Pain Center or the Minnesota Surgery Center is urged to call their clinic or go to a doctor for testing.

The patients and victims all received spinal steroid injections from the New England Compounding Center -- a pharmacy in Massachusetts.

It's feared that more than 17,000 contaminated vials were shipped-out to pain clinics in 23 states, including six clinics in Minnesota. Potentially-infected patients across the country are carefully watching for symptoms like headache, fever and stiff neck, while nervously awaiting test results.

Fungal meningitis is not contagious.

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