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Fungal infection poses challenges to patients, officials

Two weeks after Matthew Spencer received a steroid injection for back pain, he was feeling even worse, suffering from an aching head, stiff neck, nausea, and stabbing back pain. ­Finally, he drove himself to the emergency room.

Doctors suspected fungal meningitis. Test results were not definitive, but the steroid had been made by the Framingham pharmacy linked to an expanding national outbreak of the rare and dangerous disease.

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