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    Meningitis outbreak toll rises to 28 deaths, 363 illnesses

    The number of people sickened in a nationwide meningitis outbreak increased to 363, and three more deaths were reported, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday.

    Twenty-eight people have now been killed in the outbreak, which has been linked to steroid shots for back pain from the New England Compounding Center, a specialty pharmacy in Framingham. The medication has been recalled, and the pharmacy has closed.

    The outbreak has affected 19 states: Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.

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    CDC: http://www.cdc.gov/HAI/outbreaks/meningitis.html