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Meningitis outbreak: 170 cases now reported, 14 deaths

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WASHINGTON (AP/ABC7) - The government says 170 people now have been sickened in the meningitis outbreak linked to tainted steroid shots, and 14 of them have died. Idaho becomes the 11th state to report at least one illness.

The others are Florida, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee and Virginia.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated the count Thursday, showing 33 more cases and two additional deaths reported to the agency in the past day.

One of those patients, who is from Maryland, is now recovering after getting sick.

Patricia Pugh has been hospitalized by a tainted steroid injection.

From her Harford County Hospital bed she tells ABC7 how she contracted meningitis from a steroid injection intended to help back pain.

Her husband is outraged at the lack of government oversight.

“She's been sick since July; that's a long time,” Vincent Pugh says.

At the Edgewood, Maryland clinic, 200 people were notified that they may have received tainted shots.

A specialty pharmacy in Massachusetts has recalled the steroid that was sent to clinics in 23 states, as well as everything else it makes.

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