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46 Cases Of Fungal Meningitis Now Reported In New Jersey

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TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey health officials say 46 cases of fungal meningitis have now been reported in the state.

The cases, five confirmed and 41 considered probable, are linked to a recalled, potentially tainted steroid produced by a specialty pharmacy in Massachusetts. Nationally, officials say more than 600 cases have been reported in 19 states, including 39 deaths.

State health officials say no one in New Jersey has died from the illness. Twelve patients remain hospitalized, and all of those sickened continue to recover.

Six more cases were recently announced by state health officials. They include a 60-year-old Salem woman, a 66-year-old Morris County man and four Cumberland County residents — a 64-year-old man and three women, ages 63, 70 and 77.

(© Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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