Public Health

Meningitis Kills Three More

Death toll rises to 11. 119 now infected


Eleven people have now died from a fatal outbreak of meningitis, with 119 now sick with the illness, according to health officials. Experts said they could be seeing new cases as late as December, two months later than previously thought. It is long waiting game for some of the 13,000 people who may have received medication from the suspected source of the illness to get the all-clear.

Some of the patients have had strokes as a result of the infection, but few details were available.

Officials have linked the rare form of meningitis, which is not contagious, to a contaminated steroid injection produced by New England Compounding Center in Massachusetts. At least one contaminated vial was found at the company, in an ongoing investigation by the Food and Drug Administration.