- Death Toll in Meningitis Outbreak Rises To 20 Patients; New York Becomes 16th State to See Cases
- October 22, 2012
- Law Firm: Lieff Cabraser Heimann Bernstein LLP - San Francisco Office
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, another person has died, bringing the death toll to 20, and the total number of infected patients stands at 254. In addition, the outbreak has reached a 16th state, New York.
The latest death occurred in Michigan, bringing Michigan's total number of fatalities in the meningitis outbreak to four. In all, deaths related to the outbreak stand at: eight in Tennessee; three in Florida, four in 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 suffer from a variety of black mold, but other types have been found too including Exserohilum fungus, Aspergillus, or Cladosporium.