13,000 got suspect steroid shots; risk uncertain

NEW YORK (AP) — Health officials say as many as 13,000 people received steroid shots suspected in a national meningitis outbreak, but it's not clear how many are in danger.

Officials aren't sure how many of the shots -- from a specialty pharmacy in Massachusetts -- may have been contaminated. And the number includes not only those who got them in the back for pain, but also those who got the shots in other places, like knees and shoulders. Those who received back injections are most susceptible.

The number of people sickened in the outbreak has reached 105. There have been eight deaths.

Meningitis is an inflammation of the lining of the brain and spinal cord. Federal health officials say many of the cases have been mild and some people had strokes.

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229-a-10-(Dr. John Jernigan, medical epidemiologist, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in AP interview)-"at finding them"-CDC epidemiologist Dr. John Jernigan says the number of reported cases of meningitis rose over the weekend. (8 Oct 2012)

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142-a-15-(Dr. William Schaffner (SCHAF'-nur), president, National Foundation of Infectious Diseases, in interview)-"and the like"-Infectious disease expert Dr. William Schaffner explains what a compounding pharmacy is like the one that distributed a steroid linked to an outbreak of fungal meningitis. COURTESY: "CBS This Morning" ((mandatory on-air credit)) (8 Oct 2012)

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APPHOTO MNDG101: This undated photo provided by Melissa Stevens shows Stevens, of Maple Grove, Minn., who is among 831 people notified that they may have received injections of a recalled steroid at Minneapolis-area pain clinics. Stevens said she underwent a spinal tap on Monday that came up negative for the fungal meningitis that has been linked to the steroid in nine states. (AP Photo/Courtesy of Melissa Stevens) (8 Oct 2012)

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APPHOTO RPKH102: Workers can be seen inside the State Health Operations Center in the Tennessee Department of Health on Monday, Oct. 8, 2012 in Nashville. Health officials in Tennessee are reviewing recent deaths that were not initially linked to a deadly fungal meningitis outbreak. (AP Photo/Kristin M. Hall) (8 Oct 2012)

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APPHOTO GFX735: Map shows states affected by the meningitis outbreak and those receiving suspected tainted medications. (8 Oct 2012)

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