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CDC: Meningitis outbreak deaths at 7, 3rd case identified in Maryland

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Health officials say the death toll in a rare fungal meningitis outbreak across several states has risen to seven.

Maryland health officials say they have identified a third patient in the state who developed meningitis after receiving a steroid injection in September.

The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene announced Saturday that it had confirmed the third case. But the agency says no specific information will be released about the patient.

Two other Maryland cases had been previously confirmed. One patient has died.

Nationwide, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the outbreak has spread to more than 60 people across nine states. The outbreak has been linked to a steroid produced by a specialty pharmacy in Massachusetts. The steroid has been recalled.

Minnesota and Ohio are the two latest states to report confirmed cases linked to a steroid produced by a specialty pharmacy in Massachusetts. The steroid has been recalled, and health officials have been scrambling to notify anyone who may have been injected with it.

The New England Compounding Center has said it is cooperating with health investigators to determine the source of the infections.

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