Updated: Wednesday, 17 Oct 2012, 6:52 AM EDT
Published : Wednesday, 17 Oct 2012, 6:52 AM EDT
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Four meningitis cases in Marion County have been linked to recalled steroid injections and a deadly outbreak, giving Ohio a total of seven cases.
The Ohio Department of Health said Tuesday the people sickened in Marion County are a 45-year-old man and three women, ages 47, 50 and 55. Earlier cases involved a Hamilton County man and women in Crawford and Morrow counties.
Four clinics in Marion, Cincinnati and Dublin received the injections, which were used for back pain and made by the New England Compounding Center in Massachusetts.
The outbreak of rare fungal meningitis has killed 15 people and sickened more than 200 others in 15 states.
Officials say the revised number of Ohio patients who received the injections is 425. Most have been warned to watch for symptoms.