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State Health Department Issues Warning About Meningitis Outbreak

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Fungal Meningitis, up close and personal.(Reuters)
Fungal Meningitis, up close and personal.(Reuters)

LANSING (WTVB) - All of the Michigan victims of that meningitis outbreak so far have come from areas close to the clinics where they received the shots. State health officials say sometimes people travel to receive pain treatments, and everyone should be aware of the symptoms. State Health Acting Medical Director Dr. Dean Sienko says they are actively trying to track down anyone who may have gotten a bad shot. The national death toll from that outbreak of Fungal Meningitis is up to 8 with 105 victims and the potential for as many as 13-thousand.  That’s how many people may have received the shots from contaminated needles. and one of the 2 victims from Michigan to die has been identified. 

 All of the 22-Michiganders receiving treatment received their shots from one of the four clinics that distributed the tainted steroids. Family members of Lillian Cary say she died on September 30th. They took her off life support after the meningitis caused a stroke that left her brain dead.  She received the shot from the Clinic in Brighton.

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