|October 19, 2012|
Previously published on October 17, 2012
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention today provided an update on the number of individuals who have contracted the disease as well as how many have already died from the nationwide meningitis outbreak. According to the agency, four additional people have died, bringing the death toll to 19, and the total number of infected patients stands at 247.
As reported in the Washington Post, "Of the latest deaths, two were in Tennessee and one each was reported in Florida and in Virginia, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Wednesday. That brings deaths to eight in Tennessee; three in Florida and Michigan, two in Indiana and Virginia, and one in Maryland."
It appears that victims have suffered from one of three types of fungus. The majority of those affected is due to a variety of black mold, but other types have been found too including Exserohilum fungus, Aspergillus, or Cladosporium.