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Meningitis outbreak toll: 119 cases, 11 deaths

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HOWELL, MI (AP) -

By ED WHITE and MIKE STOBBE

Associated Press

A Michigan man hopes he can dodge the same illness that led to his wife's death.

George Cary is holding a memorial service Tuesday in Howell, Mich., for Lilian Cary, who developed fungal meningitis after getting tainted steroid injections for back pain. Cary says he's at risk after getting similar injections at the same clinic.

Cary says results from a spinal tap last weekend aren't in yet. He says he's left "watching the clock" until he gets the news.

Michigan has 21 cases of meningitis related to steroids made by a specialty pharmacy in Massachusetts. Two women have died, including Lilian Cary, a 67-year-old Brit who moved to the U.S. in 1965.

George Cary says his wife was taken off life support Sept. 30 after suffering a stroke.

The number of people sickened by the deadly outbreak has now reached 119 cases, including 11 deaths.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated the count on Tuesday.

New Jersey is the 10th state to report at least one illness. The other states involved in the outbreak are Tennessee, Michigan, Virginia, Indiana, Florida, Maryland, Minnesota, North Carolina and Ohio.

Officials have tied the outbreak of rare fungal meningitis to steroid shots for back pain. The steroid was made by a specialty pharmacy in Massachusetts. At least one contaminated vial was found at the company.

The company recalled the steroid that was sent to clinics in 23 states, and later recalled everything it makes.

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CDC: http://www.cdc.gov/HAI/outbreaks/meningitis.html

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