(Indianapolis, Ind.) - The number of Hoosiers infected with a rare form of fungal meningitis is now 30.
According to numbers released Tuesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 233 people have been sickened nationwide by the outbreak caused by tainted steroid injections for back pain.
Two people have died in Indiana, while the death toll nationally remains at 15.
Last week, family members of an 89-year-old southern Michigan woman who received two shots at a northern Indiana clinic said they believed she was Indiana's first death. No further information about Indiana’s second death, which occurred Sunday, has been reported by the CDC.
Indiana’s fungal meningitis cases have been linked to six health facilities that received a steroid recalled by a Massachusetts specialty pharmacy. Those clinics are located in Elkhart, Evansville, Fort Wayne, South Bend, Terre Haute and Columbus.
More information on the Indiana outbreak can be found on the Indiana State Department of Health website, http://www.in.gov/isdh/25654.htm.