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Sixth fungal meningitis death linked to Indiana

Posted on Nov. 21, 2012 at 12:00 a.m. | Updated on Nov. 21, 2012 at 1:52 p.m.

The fungal meningitis death toll linked to contaminated back pain medications in Indiana has risen to six people, according to the Indiana State Department of Health.

The state health agency reports that the most recent victim was not an Indiana resident but was visiting from out of state to receive back pain injections. There have been close to 500 confirmed cases of fungal meningitis nationwide, including 56 in Indiana, according to department spokeswoman Amanda Turney. The outbreak spread to 19 states after tainted medications were distributed to 75 clinics in 23 states. Two Elkhart County residents have died after being diagnosed with the infection.

The outbreak is connected to the New England Compounding Center, a Massachusetts pharmaceutical company. Several Elkhart County residents have filed lawsuits against the company after being exposed to the contaminated batch of medications.