1. OUTBREAK

    Meningitis Death Toll Rises

    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

    For those entangled in the deadly meningitis outbreak tearing through the U.S., there’s no shortage of bad news. Three more patients have been declared dead—two from Michigan and one from Tennessee—bringing the total death toll to 28, reports Reuters. According to a report from the Centers for Disease Control released Tuesday, total cases of fungal meningitis have risen to a staggering 356 people. The source of the infection, steroid injections supplied by the New England Compounding Center, means there could be more cases yet discovered. Investigations are underway of the conditions in the facility, where the steroids originated, which recent reports have deemed unsanitary.

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