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Two confirmed fungal meningitis deaths in Michigan

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(10/07/12) - There are now 20 confirmed cases of Meningitis in Michigan and that number is up from eight Saturday, when we also learned two people had died.

The outbreak is being linked to a steroid shot given to patients for back pain. That shot made its way to Mid-Michigan.

The shot was sent from a specialty pharmacy in Massachusetts to 75 clinics in 25 different states.

That pharmacy has now issued voluntary recall of all its products, and state health officials say the drug was shipped to four Michigan clinics.

Those clinics are the Michigan Neurosurgical Institute in Grand Blanc Township, Michigan Pain Specialists in Brighton, Neuromuscular and Rehabilitation in Traverse City and Southeast Michigan Surgical Hospital in Warren.

Early symptoms of meningitis include headaches, fever and a stiff neck. It can take anywhere from a week to a month to develop.

The number of people affected is growing. Right now, we're looking at 20 confirmed cases in Michigan. That's up from eight confirmed Friday. Two people have died, bringing a total of seven deaths across the country.

The Department of Community Health says it won't release any information about the deaths until after the weekend.

If you received a shot from one of the clinics, or if you're noticing any of these symptoms, you may want to contact your clinic.

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