Indiana reports five meningitis cases tied to steroid


Federal health officials say five cases of fungal meningitis linked to a tainted back pain medication have been confirmed in Indiana.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention posted the latest count on its website Saturday afternoon.

The CDC says the outbreak has spread to more than 60 people across nine states and left seven people dead.

Indiana State Department of Health officials didn't respond to requests for comment Saturday.

State officials said earlier that six Indiana health facilities received batches of the medication that was recently recalled by a Massachusetts manufacturer. The clinics are in Elkhart, Evansville, Fort Wayne, South Bend, Terre Haute and Columbus.

The steroid has been recalled, and health officials have been scrambling to notify anyone who may have been injected with it.

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