This photo provided Oct. 9, 2012, by the Minnesota Department of Health shows shows vials of the injectable steroid product made by New England Compounding Center implicated in a fungal meningitis outbreak that were being shipped to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta from Minneapolis. About 17,700 single-dose vials of the steroid sent to 23 states have been recalled. The outbreak involves 10 states, including Minnesota. / AP Photo/Minnesota Department of Health
LANSING, Mich. (AP) - State health officials have confirmed two more Michigan deaths linked to tainted steroids, an outbreak that began last year.
They are a 64-year-old woman and a 75-year-old man, both from Livingston County. Twenty-two Michigan residents have died since 2012, including three people who received steroid injections in Indiana.
Fungal meningitis has been linked to contaminated steroids produced by a Massachusetts pharmacy and shipped to four Michigan clinics. Patients who became ill received injections for neck or back pain.
There have been more than 260 cases in Michigan related to the steroids. Not all people developed meningitis but had other problems.