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State reports fifth death from fungal meningitis outbreak

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1:32 PM CST, November 16, 2012

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According to new information from the Indiana State Department of Health, a fifth Indiana victim has died from the fungal meningitis outbreak surrounding an injectable steroid.

The department provided no further information about the victim. The health department said Indiana now has 55 cases related to the outbreak.

About 14,000 patients received epidural injections of methylprednisolone acetate between May 21 and Sept. 26. According to Indiana State Department of Health, more than 1,500 people in Indiana have been exposed to the contaminated medication through an epidural or joint injection.

The injections have made more than 400 people around the country sick.