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CDC: 105 steroid-related meningitis cases, 8 deaths

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By MIKE STOBBE
AP Medical Writer

NEW YORK (AP) -- Health officials say the number of people sickened by a deadly meningitis outbreak has now reached 105 cases.  
 
The number of deaths rose by one to eight, with another fatality in Tennessee.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated the count on Monday. The list of nine states with reported cases stayed the same. Tennessee, Michigan, Virginia, Indiana, Florida, Maryland, Minnesota, North Carolina and Ohio previously reported cases.

Officials have tied the fungal meningitis outbreak to steroid shots for back pain. The steroid was made by a specialty pharmacy in Massachusetts.

The company has recalled the steroid which was sent to clinics in 23 states. The government last week urged doctors not to use any of the company's products.

Tennessee health officials are reviewing recent deaths that were not previously linked to the deadly fungal meningitis outbreak.

Tennessee Commissioner of Health Dr. John Dreyzehner said Monday that a death on Sept. 26 during the first week of the outbreak was not initially reported to the state until this weekend.
 
That has now increased the number of people killed to four in Tennessee and eight nationwide.
 
Officials did not have many details on what sort of deaths they would review.

It's been more than two weeks since a large crowd paid its final respects to a Kentucky judge. But Eddie Lovelace's death remains shrouded in mystery for his family members, who wonder whether the cause was a steroid now linked to a rare form of meningitis.
 
Lovelace was a circuit judge in southern Kentucky. He received the steroid at a Tennessee clinic to treat neck pain. He later developed stroke-like symptoms and died at Vanderbilt University Medical Center on Sept. 17.
 
It wasn't until recent reports surfaced about the meningitis outbreak that his family began wondering whether his pain-relieving steroid injections were linked to the 78-year-old's death.
 
Lovelace got the injections at Saint Thomas Outpatient Neurosurgery Center in Nashville, which received a shipment of the steroid suspected in the meningitis outbreak.

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Associated Press writers Kristin M. Hall in Nashville and Bruce Schreiner in Louisville, Ky., contributed to this report.

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