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Michigan meningitis death toll rises to 13

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Vials of the steroid distributed by New England Compounding Center (NECC) - implicated in a meningitis outbreak - are pictured in this undated handout photo obtained by Reuters October 14, 2012.
Credit: Reuters/Minnesota Department of Health/Handout.
Vials of the steroid distributed by New England Compounding Center (NECC) - implicated in a meningitis outbreak - are pictured in this undated handout photo obtained by Reuters October 14, 2012. Credit: Reuters/Minnesota Department of Health/Handout.

LANSING (WKZO) -- Officials say the Michigan death toll from a national meningitis outbreak has risen to 13.  The fungal meningitis is linked to contaminated steroids produced by a Massachusetts pharmacy, and designed to treat back and neck pain.

The Michigan Department of Community Health says the state has had 67 total cases of the disease.  There have also been 91 reported cases of epidural abscesses and one stroke related to the injections.

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