CDC: Thousands at Risk for Meningitis

    New England Compounding is seen in Framingham, Mass., Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012. An outbreak of a rare and deadly form of fungal meningitis that has killed 4 people and sickened another 26 in five states is believed to have been traced back to a steroid manufactured by the New England Compounding Center. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

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    A major oversight by the FDA may have put thousands of people at risk of contracting meningitis, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Monday. Thirteen thousand people have potentially been exposed to a tainted steroid linked to the latest meningitis outbreak, which has killed 8 people and sickened 97 others across 23 states. The New England Compounding Center in Framingham, Mass., which the CDC believes began shipping the contaminated steroids used for back pain on May 21, voluntarily shut down last week and recalled all products made at its facility.

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