The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported a third Indiana death related to fungal meningitis in steroid injections.
State health officials said the latest victim was an Indiana resident. That means two Hoosiers have died from the outbreak. The third victim was an out-of-state resident who received an injection at an Indiana medical facility.
The CDC puts the number of cases in Indiana at 41. In Indiana, at least 1,500 people have been exposed to the tainted batch of steroids, state health officials said.
Nationwide, the CDC said 24 deaths were related to the outbreak, while 317 cases were reported across the U.S.
The fungal meningitis cases are related to a steroid called methylprednisolone acetate (MPA), an injectable steroid produced by the New England Compounding Center in Framingham, Mass.
The vials contained a fungus found in soil and plants. It remains unclear how the fungus got in the vials.
The infected lots have been recalled, and all known fungal meningitis cases have been related to three specific lots from the company.
As many as 14,000 people in 17 states may have received injections of the tainted steroid.