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First Florida death linked to meningitis outbreak

11:16 PM, Oct 9, 2012   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The death of a 70-year-old Marion County man has been linked to the meningitis outbreak.

This is the first reported death in Florida.

READ: Local Doctors on safety during meningitis outbreak

Congress has asked federal health officials for briefings on the outbreak. That's the first step towards legislative action.

So far, there have been 119 cases of meningitis and 12 deaths.

There are 4 confirmed cases of the virus in Florida.

Tuesday, Governor Rick Scott said all four of those cases are related to the same facility in Ocala, located in Marion County.

Right now, more than 1,100 people who received the tainted steroid medicine are being contacted by authorities.

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