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Meningitis outbreak expands; deaths continue

By// Julius Rea

The Center for Disease Control reported that there are now 233 cases of fungal meningitis and 15 deaths across 15 states.

The outbreak has been linked to steroid shots — which have been recalled — made by a Massachusetts pharmacy.

On October 8, the Associated Press reported that over 13,000 people received the shots and it wasn’t clear how many were in danger.

According to the National Library of Medicine, Meningitis is the “inflammation of the thin tissue that surrounds the brain and spinal cord.” There are several types of meningitis; bacterial meningitis is rare but deadly.

Common symptoms of meningitis is sudden fever, severe headache, and a stiff neck; a closely related disease — encephalitis — induces seizures, stupor, coma and other neurological signs, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

Emedicinehealth.com says African-Americans are more likely to develop meningitis for unclear reasons; the average age for meningitis is 25 years it affects both men and women equally.