Ohio illnesses in meningitis outbreak rise to 20

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Health officials say a 71-year-old southwest Ohio woman is the state's 20th illness case linked to an outbreak of fungal meningitis and recalled steroid injections for back pain.

Health Department spokeswoman Tessie Pollock says the Hamilton County woman, whose case was reported by the state Thursday, was diagnosed with a bone infection of the spine that's not necessarily meningitis.

Pollock says the illness fits federal officials' expanded definition of the injection's impact.

The case is the second for Hamilton county, with other cases reported in Clermont, Crawford, Fairfield, Franklin, Hamilton, Marion, Morrow, Union and Warren counties. The list also includes a Kentucky woman who received the injection in Ohio.

All are adults and none have died.

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