12 dead in US Meningitis outbreak: first case found in Florida
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CREATED Oct. 10, 2012
At least 12 people across the country are now dead in connection to a rare fungal meningitis outbreak. And that number is expected to continue growing.
Florida is the latest state to report a death from the infection.
According to state health departments and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the outbreak has spread to at least 10 states and infected at least 130 people.
The cases connected to three lots of contaminated steroid shots.
The new england compounding center -- the massachusetts-based pharmacy that made the contaminated injections -- issued a voluntarily recall of the drugs last week.
Health officials say 75 medical facilities in 23 states received the contaminated injections.
"We really don't know yet how the fungus got into the medication, that particular arm of the investigation is being handled by the FDA and we're waiting for those answers." Dr. John Jernigan says.
Now congress wants answers. Oversight committees in both the Senate and House sent requests to the FDA and the CDC, asking for a hearing by the end of the week.
The lawmakers hope to learn more about the outbreak, and are concerned that businesses like the NECC have less regulation oversight than drug manufactures.