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Person injected at Ind. clinic dies of meningitis

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INDIANAPOLIS (Associated Press) -

A Michigan Department of Community Health spokeswoman said a southern Michigan resident has died from fungal meningitis after being injected with a tainted back pain medication at an Indiana clinic.

SEE: 12 dead from Meningitis outbreak, nearly 120 sickened

Spokeswoman Angela Minicuci said Thursday the Cass County, Mich., resident contracting the disease while being treated for back pain in Indiana. She provided no further details.

Cass County is a few miles north of South Bend and Elkhart.

Indiana Health Department spokesman Ken Severson confirms an out-of-state resident received an injection of the tainted medication in Indiana but could disclose no more information about the death.

Six Indiana clinics received the tainted steroid, including the South Bend Clinic and the OSMC Outpatient Surgery Center in Elkhart. A Massachusetts pharmacy has recalled the medicine.

SEE: Ill. patients screened for meningitis: List of affected clinics

Severson said the total number of Indiana cases has risen to 21.

He said 1,568 people were exposed to the tainted medicine, a steroid recalled by a Massachusetts pharmacy. Clinics in Columbus, Elkhart, Evansville, Fort Wayne, South Bend and Terre Haute received the steroid.

Nationwide, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports 14 deaths and 170 cases.

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