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Meningitis cases now reported in 7 states, including Virginia and Maryland

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Sue Manor is one of hundreds of patients who received steroid injections for back pain.

“I didn't really get into any state of fear or anything. I just thought ok we're going to research this,” she says. “And of course the more I researched the more worried I get.

Forty-seven people in Tennessee, Florida, Virginia, North Carolina, Maryland, Michigan and Indiana have gotten a non-contagious form of meningitis from tainted steroid shots. At least five people have died.

Federal health officials have identified the Massachusetts manufacturer and have issued a recall. Seventy-five clinics in 23 states that received the recalled lots have been instructed to notify all affected patients.

As many as 630 people treated at two medical facilities in southwest Virginia may have received these injections. The state has five confirmed cases.

"It very commonly presents with headache, fever, sensitivity to light and then other symptoms: nausea, vomiting sometimes, and potentially symptom like the balance, the neurologic symptoms,” says Dr. David Trump of the Virginia Department of Health.

It can take 28 days for the infection to develop, so for right now Manor is waiting.

“I do wish that maybe they could bring patients together, we can have a physician perhaps who can answer these questions and put our minds at rest,” Manor says.

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