CDC says meningitis outbreak up to 285 cases and 23 deaths

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said there have been 23 deaths nationally in the fungal meningitis outbreak, which authorities suspect is attributable to a compounding pharmacy in Massachusetts.

The CDC web site said Monday morning that it has 285 cases, with 16 in New Jersey and one in Pennsylvania.

The most of the problems related to a steroid injected into people's backs to deal with pain.

The CDC has defined the outbreak as 282 cases of fungal meningitis, stroke due to presumed fungal meningitis, or other central nervous system-related infection. There were also three peripheral joint infections (e.g., knee, hip, shoulder, elbow), but no deaths have been associated with peripheral joint infections.

The CDC site is here.