BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The number of meningitis cases linked to steroid injections for back pain continues to grow in Maryland.
The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) reported a 16th case of meningitis.
It’s already claimed the life of one infected Marylander.
The medication, made by a specialty pharmacy in Massachusetts, has been recalled.
There are 231 confirmed fungal meningitis cases nationwide, all of them from a contaminated steroid injection intended to relieve back pain.
Fungal meningitis attacks spinal fluid and the brain, and it’s already killed 15 people nationwide.
As health experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are tracking the cases, an investigation into what went wrong with the drugs continues.