More Than 300 People Now Ill, 23 Dead, Due To Fungal Meningitis Outbreak

The New England Compounding Center packaged and marketed the tainted steroids and other drugs that have contributed to more than 20 deaths. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

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According to NBC News, the total number of people who have become ill after injecting tainted steroids that came from a compounding pharmacy in Massachusetts topped 300 on Tuesday. Specifically, 308 people have been infected, 304 of which have contracted meningitis, stroke or other nervous system problems. Twenty-three people have died.

People in 17 states have now been infected, and that list of states could grow since, according to the Food and Drug Administration, nearly 14,000 patients may have received contaminated steroid injections since May 21 produced by the New England Compounding Center of Framingham, Mass.

On Monday, the FDA posted on its website a list of more than 1,200 hospitals and clinics that had purchased steroids and other drugs from the compounding center that, if contaminated, would be especially dangerous for patients.

Although the death toll has held steady for the last few days, a Centers for Disease Control spokesman told NBC News that it was “Too early to say” if that is a sign that the outbreak is becoming more and more under control.

As of Tuesday, 70 of the cases have come out of Tennessee, according to the CDC. Michigan has had the second-most cases with 68.

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