Maryland reports second death in meningitis outbreak
By By Kevin Rector and The Baltimore Sun
Dec 10, 2012 | 10:05 PM
A second person has died in Maryland in connection with a fungal meningitis outbreak tied to tainted steroid injections that has resulted in hundreds of infections across the country, according to new statistics released Monday.
In all, 25 cases have been identified in the state, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Details of the death were not immediately available.
The first Maryland death was reported in October.
Nationally, a total of 590 cases have been identified and 37 people have died in the outbreak, which involves patients who received steroid injections tied to the distributor New England Compounding Center in Framingham, Mass.
The company allegedly produced contaminated medications and shipped vials to clinics across the country, including in Maryland, officials have said. The company has since shut down.