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Funeral home identifies Mich. meningitis death; cases rise to 105

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LIVINGSTON COUNTY, MI (AP) -

A funeral home in Livingston County says a 67-year-old woman died from a stroke caused by the fungal meningitis outbreak.

Dennis Gaines, director of MacDonald's Funeral Home in Howell, says Lilian Cary died on Sept. 30. The Howell woman had been treated with a steroid injection at a clinic in Brighton.

A wake is being held Monday for Cary, followed by a memorial service Tuesday. She was a native of Stoke-on-Trent, England, and moved to the U.S. in 1965. A message seeking comment from her family was not immediately returned.

The steroid was made by a specialty pharmacy in Massachusetts and shipped to at least four Michigan clinics. Michigan has reported at least 21 meningitis cases, including two deaths.

The age range of current identified cases is 38-89 years old. Of the two deaths, both were females ages 56 and 67. Locations of residence have yet to be reported. All cases are linked to the four facilities in Michigan that received a potentially contaminated product, suspected to be the cause of the outbreak.

The facilities are:  

  • Michigan Neurosurgical Institutes in Grand Blanc
  • Michigan Pain Specialists in Brighton
  • Neuromuscular and Rehabilitation in Traverse City
  • Southeast Michigan Surgical Hospital in Warren

Health officials say the number of people sickened by a deadly meningitis outbreak has now reached 105 cases.

The number of deaths rose by one to eight, with another fatality in Tennessee.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated the count on Monday. The list of nine states with reported cases stayed the same. Tennessee, Michigan, Virginia, Indiana, Florida, Maryland, Minnesota, North Carolina and Ohio previously reported cases.

The company has recalled the steroid which was sent to clinics in 23 states. The government last week urged doctors not to use any of the company's products.

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CDC information: http://www.cdc.gov/hai/outbreaks/meningitis-map.html

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