Indiana fungal meningitis cases rise to 45


The mother of a northern Indiana teenager says the girl is expected to return to school this week after recovering from fungal meningitis linked to tainted back pain medication.

Tracy Klemm of Bristol says her daughter, 16-year-old Karissa, was diagnosed Oct. 11 and hospitalized 10 days. She said Monday that the girl is expected to return to school Wednesday.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday increased the number of Indiana cases of fungal meningitis linked to the injections to 45 - one more than previously reported.

The number of deaths remains at three. Elkhart County's health officer has said all three have been linked to the northern Indiana county.

The tainted steroids have been traced to the New England Compounding Center of Framingham, Mass.

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