Meningitis Death Toll Linked to Contaminated Steroids Rises

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that there has now been 268 cases of fungal meningitis and three cases of joint infections tied to contaminated steroid injections.

According to ABC News, the death toll linked to the fungal meningitis outbreak has now increased to 21.

Health officials found Exserohilum rostratum, a fungus found in soil and plants, in sealed vials of steroids, but are not sure how the fungus ultimately ended up in the vials. The tainted steroid injections were sent to 76 clinics in 23 states.

The contaminated steroids were manufactured by the New England Compound Center, which has since recalled all of its products and shut down operations.

To view a complete list of facilities receiving the contaminated steroids, please visit the CDC’s website.