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Case of fungal meningitis confirmed in Escambia Co

10:34 AM, Oct 13, 2012   |    comments
The New England Compounding Center is shown here on October 5, 2012 in Framingham, Massachusetts. The pharmacy is currently being investigated for producing a contaminated steroid shot that included the meningitis fungus.(Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida now has ten confirmed cases of fungal meningitis.

The Florida Department of Health confirmed Saturday that Escambia County has its case of fungal meningitis associated with contaminated steroid injections from the New England Compounding Center. A-47-year old man who received treatment from Pain Consultants of West Florida in Pensacola was injected with one of the tainted shots.

Six facilities in Florida have received and used the contaminated injections. Florida Surgeon General and Secretary of Health Dr. John Armstrong says they do not anticipate "more patients will be affected" as the investigation continues.

Health officials say the number of cases nationwide have sickened at least 184 people, including 14 deaths across 12 states. The outbreak has prompted calls for tighter federal regulation of compounding pharmacies.

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