A total of 185 people have so far been diagnosed with fungal meningitis, out of which 14 have already lost their lives, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) confirmed on Friday.
The states of Tennessee, Virginia, Indiana and Maryland have so far reported 50 cases including six deaths, 33 cases including one death, 24 cases including one death, and 14 cases including one death, respectively.
Most recently, the CDC added Texas to the list of states suffering from fungal meningitis infection. Texas has reported one case of infection.
The fungal meningitis infection cases have been linked to contaminated back pain injections. As many as 14,000 people are expected to have received contaminated injections from the New England Compounding Center. Previously, authorities had estimated the number at around 13,000 patients. All the patients have informed about their risk.
Meanwhile authorities have said that they are mulling what action they can take against from the New England Compounding Center, which has given the contaminated injections too patients.
State and federal officials have also called for new legislation that would give them clearer power to regulate pharmacies.
The New England Compounding Center and its sister pharmacy called Ameridose have since then been closed.
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