Meningitis Death Toll Hits 23

    Image #: 19795483    A sample of Cladosporium species, one of the fungi diagnosed in the  fungal meningitis outbreak sweeping the United States, in Nashville, Tennessee on October 19, 2012.  The outbreak, which was first diagnosed in the Vanderbilt Clinical Microbiology Lab for patient care has infected 257 people to date nationwide and 20 have died.  REUTERS/Harrison McClary  (UNITED STATES - Tags: HEALTH)       REUTERS /HARRISON MCCLARY /LANDOV

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    Officials said on Saturday that two more people were killed by a deadly meningitis strain, bringing the official tally to 23, as states report 13 new cases over the last few days. The total affected is now 281. The outbreak was traced back to the New England Compounding Center in Massachusetts, which is facing federal and state investigations along with a multitude of lawsuits over tainted steroid injections.

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