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CDC Reports First Death In Indiana From Fungal Meningitis

The Centers for Disease Control announced Thursday one person has died and 21 people have been infected with fungal meningitis in Indiana.

Fungal Meningitis

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A microscopic view of the fungus exserohilum that is the most common form of fungal meningitis found in the latest outbreak.

One person has died from fungal meningitis in Indiana.

The Indiana State Department of Health says the person is from out of state but received the injection in Indiana.

The total number of cases in the state has jumped to 21. The CDC reports there are a total of 170 cases, with 14 deaths in six different states.

“[We are] working with the CDC, the FDA, and other state health departments, we‘re learning a lot about this particular type of infection,” says Pam Pontones, an ISDH epidemiologist. “The good news is that this infection is not contagious.”

Pontones says about half a dozen labs across the state have been affected by the steroids that originated from a Pharmaceutical Compounding Lab in Massachusetts. More than 1,560 people could have been exposed to the tainted shots.

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