NEW YORK — The number of people sickened by a deadly meningitis outbreak has now reached 119 cases, including 11 deaths.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated the count on Tuesday.
Grand Strand residents should have nothing to fear, however, as steroid shots for back pain that have been tied to the outbreak were only delivered to Mt. Pleasant in South Carolina. Jim Beasley, a spokesman with the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control, confirmed that no Horry County hospitals had received any of the shots.
It has been confirmed that the strain of meningitis, which is an inflammation of the lining of the brain and spinal cord, is not contagious.
As many as 13,000 received the shots, health officials announced Monday, but it was unclear how many of those were in danger.
New Jersey was the 10th state to report at least one illness. The other states involved in the outbreak are Tennessee, Michigan, Virginia, Indiana, Florida, Maryland, Minnesota, North Carolina and Ohio.
Symptoms of meningitis include severe headache, nausea, dizziness and fever. The CDC said symptoms have been appearing between one and four weeks after patients received the shots.
The steroid in the shots was made by a specialty pharmacy in Massachusetts. At least one contaminated vial was found at the company.
The company recalled the steroid that was sent to clinics in 23 states, and later recalled everything it makes.
Staff writer Brad Dickerson contributed to this report.