By KRISTIN M. HALL
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Tennessee Department of Health officials say the state's death toll from an outbreak of fungal meningitis has risen to six.
Dr. John Dreyzhener, Tennessee's health commissioner, said Tuesday the total number of cases in the state has increased by four and now stands at 39. The cases all stem from steroid injections for back pain and officials say evidence points to contaminated medicine as the cause of the rare disease.
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