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Fifth Michigan resident dies from meningitis

Fungal Meningitis, up close and personal.(Reuters)
Fungal Meningitis, up close and personal.(Reuters)

DETROIT (WKZO) -- The Michigan Department of Community Health is reporting a fifth death due to an outbreak of fungal meningitis.

According to officials, the latest victim is a 62-year-old Washtenaw County man.  MDCH officials say there are 49-patients in the state who have contracted meningitis linked to a contaminated steroid.

Fungal meningitis is very rare and, unlike other forms of the disease, is not contagious.