CDC: Another person dies in meningitis outbreak; 271 sickened


The Centers for Disease control is reporting that another person has died in connection with a deadly meningitis outbreak.

The victim, a Michigan resident, has become the 21st person to die in the outbreak.

More than 270 people have now been sickened in the outbreak, which has been tied to steroid shots for back pain.

Federal officials are investigating the New England Compounding Center in Framingham as the source of the tainted medicine.

The CDC also said test results so far show infections with three kinds of fungus. Most were a form of black mold.

On Friday the New Hampshire attorney general's office announced that the NECC had voluntarily given up its permit to operate as a non-resident, mail order pharmacy in New Hampshire.

One patient from New Hampshire fighting meningitis has filed a lawsuit against the NECC.