NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Two more people have died in Tennessee from a rare fungal meningitis linked to contaminated steroid injections.
According to the state Health Department, eight people in Tennessee have now died from the disease.
In total, 61 people in the state have been sickened either with meningitis or joint infections associated with the steroids. That is an increase of three from Tuesday.
On Monday the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced it was investigating several other medications produced by the Massachusetts pharmacy that made the suspect steroid.
The Tennessee Health Department said Wednesday that 74 health care facilities here have received shipments of those medications.
Health officials in Tennessee are currently identifying patients who might have received the newly suspect medicines and should begin to contact them early next week.
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