Meningitis Death Toll Rises

    FRAMINGHAM, MA - OCTOBER 05:  The New England Compounding Center is shown here on October 5, 2012 in Framingham, Massachusetts. The pharmacy is currently being investigated for producing a contaminated steroid shot that included the meningitis fungus that has killed at least five people.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

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    Four more deaths blamed on a rare outbreak of meningitis in the U.S. brought the nationwide death toll to 12 Tuesday, setting off further alarms about lax regulation on pharmaceutical-compounding companies like the one responsible for the contaminated steroid injections that caused the outbreak. Members of Congress are calling for tighter regulations, as the number of infected people reaches 121. Health officials worry that it could be November before all patients stricken with meningitis are identified. As many as 13,000 may have received the contaminated injections.

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