Michigan reports 239 infections linked to steroids

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say the number of meningitis and other infections linked to contaminated steroids has risen to 239 in Michigan. That includes 14 deaths.

The state Department of Community Health released the latest count Wednesday. It includes 67 cases of fungal meningitis, 150 epidural abscesses, one stroke and 20 peripheral joint infections.

The conditions are part of a national outbreak linked to contaminated steroids produced by a Massachusetts pharmacy used in injections for neck or back pain.

Wednesday's infection total is up 22 from 217 Michigan cases reported as of Dec. 10.

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Online:

Michigan Department of Community Health meningitis link: http://1.usa.gov/Wom9rn

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention meningitis outbreak map: http://1.usa.gov/Qsw1eU

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