Ohio reports 2 more cases in meningitis outbreak

DAYTON, Ohio - Two more meningitis cases bring Ohio's total to 13 illnesses linked to a larger outbreak and recalled steroid injections for back pain.

The Ohio Department of Health says the additional cases involve a 39-year-old Clermont County man and a 56-year-old Warren County woman. Cases of rare fungal meningitis also were reported in Crawford, Franklin, Hamilton, Marion and Morrow counties.

Those cases involve adults, and none have died.

Federal officials report more than 330 illnesses and 25 deaths in the outbreak linked to a specialty pharmacy in Massachusetts called the New England Compounding Center. It has recalled its products.

Officials say dozens of Ohio facilities received the pharmacy's products. Four clinics in Ohio received the potentially contaminated steroids, and the patients that got those injections were urged to watch for symptoms.

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