8:09 AM EST, December 28, 2012
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The number of abscesses linked to contaminated steroids has risen in the past few days in Michigan, with three fresh cases reported since late last week.
The infections are linked to a national outbreak of disease blamed for 67 fungal meningitis cases and 13 deaths in Michigan.
The meningitis cases have remained stable recently, but related non-meningitis infections have continued to grow.
The Michigan Department of Community Health says there were 145 epidural abscesses linked to the contaminated steroids as of Wednesday. That's up by three since last Friday.
In all, the department reports the contaminated steroids have affected at least 234 people in the state.
Michigan Department of Community Health meningitis link: http://1.usa.gov/Wom9rn
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention meningitis outbreak map: http://1.usa.gov/Qsw1eU
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