Meningitis Scare Follows 14K People

    FILE - In this photo made available, Oct. 9, 2012, by the Minnesota Department of Health shows shows vials of the injectable steroid product made by New England Compounding Center implicated in a fungal meningitis outbreak that were being shipped to the CDC from Minneapolis. On Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said the fungus was in one lot of vials made in August, 2012 by the New England Compounding Center of Framingham, Mass. The specialty pharmacy has been at the center of a national investigation into more than 250 fungal meningitis cases, including at least 20 deaths. (AP Photo/Minnesota Department of Health, File)

    Minnesota Department of Health / AP Photo

    It was supposed to make them healthy. But now about 14,000 people who received injections from a tainted batch of a steroid drug are haunted by fears that they may succumb next to a meningitis outbreak that has killed 23. A total of 282 people have contracted the disease so far. Seventeen thousand vials of the drug, made by the New England Compounding Center, were shipped from Framingham, Mass., to 23 states. “I think we’re both terrified that the other one is going to come down with it,” said one 57-year-old woman who received an injection along with her 80-year-old mother.

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