Ohio illnesses in meningitis outbreak rise to 18

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Health officials say an 85-year-old Clermont County woman's fungal meningitis case marks Ohio's 18th illness linked to a larger outbreak and recalled steroid injections for back pain.

The case is Clermont County's third, with other cases in Crawford, Franklin, Hamilton, Marion, Morrow, Union and Warren counties, as well as a Kentucky woman who got an injection in Ohio. All are adults and none have died.

Officials previously removed one woman from the list because the case no longer met the federal definition of this type of meningitis.

Federal officials report more than 430 illnesses and 32 deaths in the outbreak linked to a specialty pharmacy that recalled its products.

Officials say dozens of Ohio facilities received the products, while four Ohio clinics got the potentially contaminated steroids.

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