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Meningitis Update: Outbreak Rises To 205 Cases

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Ugh, we knew it was going to get worse — and maybe it's our fault for wondering out loud just how bad it was going to get.

The meningitis outbreak caused by a fungus-tainted steroid injection has risen to 205 cases in 14 states. Luckily, the death toll remains at 15.

Tennessee is the hardest hit state, with 53 cases of meningitis and six deaths — closely followed by Michigan with 41 cases and three deaths, and Virginia with 34 cases and one death.

If you've had injections for back or join pain recently, you should be on the lookout for symptoms: headache, fever and nausea. It's an infection of the membranes covering the brain and spinal cord, so it's nothing to mess around with.

Luckily (if you can consider it lucky), fungal meningitis is not contagious. Don't get it confused with viral and bacterial meningitis.

We hate to say it, but 205 is probably not the highest it's going to go, either.

Stay safe!

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