Ohio meningitis cases up to 9

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio Department of Health says the number of meningitis cases linked to recalled steroid injections has risen to nine in the state.

The health department says five cases have been reported in Marion County, and one case each in Crawford, Hamilton, Morrow and Warren counties. None have died.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday that 19 people have died among the 247 sickened in 15 states in the outbreak of rare fungal meningitis. They all received shots of an apparently contaminated steroid medication made by a Massachusetts specialty pharmacy.

Officials say 64 facilities in Ohio received the potentially contaminated steroids. The state said it is in the process of revising the number of Ohioans who received the injections. Most have been warned to watch for symptoms.

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