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FDA: Fungus in patients found in tainted steroids

3:49 PM, Oct 18, 2012   |    comments
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NEW YORK (AP) - Health officials have confirmed that a fungus behind a meningitis outbreak has also been found in unopened vials of steroid medication.

The Food and Drug Administration said the fungus was in one lot of vials made in August by the New England Compounding Center of Framingham, Mass.

The specialty pharmacy has been at the center of a national investigation into 257 fungal meningitis cases.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 20 deaths in 16 states on Thursday.

MORE: CDC map of meningitis cases

Health officials said this week that 40 of 42 patients were infected with a fungus called Exserohilum rostratum.

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