Probable case of meningitis in Illinois

By WEEK Producer

October 13, 2012 Updated Oct 15, 2012 at 9:16 AM CDT

CHICAGO, Ill. -- There could be an Illinois resident impacted by the meningitis outbreak that has killed several people.

State health officials say the probable case involves a Chicago resident who received an epidural steroid injection. The patient is undergoing further testing and treatment.

Meanwhile, the death toll from the outbreak of the rare fungal meningitis continues to climb. The Centers for Disease Control announced on Saturday that 15 people have died and 197 others are infected. The outbreak covers 13 states.

Federal investigators have linked the outbreak to steroid shots for back pain. The shots were made at the New England compounding center in Massachusetts.

Health officials say 14,000 people may have received the shots and can take four to five weeks for symptoms to appear. Fungal meningitis is not contagious and cannot be passed from person to person.

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