2 more people diagnosed with fungal meningitis

Published On: Oct 16 2012 04:10:01 PM EDT
Germs, bacteria
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -

Two more Floridians have been diagnosed with fungal meningitis after receiving contaminated steroid injections.
    
The Department of Health said Tuesday that a 74-year-old woman who was treated in Marion County and a 79-year-old woman who received the injection in Escambia County are the latest cases.
    
So far, 12 people in Florida have contracted fungal meningitis. Two of those people have died.
    
This outbreak of fungal meningitis has been linked to steroid shots for back pain. The medication, made by a specialty pharmacy in Massachusetts, has been recalled.
    
People in 15 states have been affected. Federal health officials say there have been 212 cases of fungal meningitis, including 15 deaths.