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TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey health officials have linked two more fungal meningitis cases to a nationwide outbreak caused by a potentially tainted medication.

The new cases announced Wednesday bring the total in the state to 12.

Health officials say the two new patients are a 66-year-old Cumberland County man and a 49-year-old Salem County woman who both received steroid injections in August.

The patients in the 10 other cases include residents from Atlantic, Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem counties.

Overall, 10 of the 12 patients remained hospitalized Wednesday, while one has been discharged from the hospital and the other person is being treated as an outpatient.

Health officials say more than 600 patients in New Jersey received the steroid injection at six facilities across the state between May 21 and September 26.

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