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Rare US meningitis outbreak grows, 5 dead

A sign on the door to the New England Compounding Center requests no soliciting at the Framingham, Mass. company, Wednesday Oct. 3, 2012. An outbreak of a rare and deadly form of meningitis has now sickened 26 people in five states who received steroid injections mostly for back pain, health officials said Wednesday. The Food and Drug Administration identified the maker of the steroid as New England Compounding Center, a specialty pharmacy. (AP Photo/Bob Salsberg)

A sign on the door to the New England Compounding Center requests no soliciting at the Framingham, Mass. company, Wednesday Oct. 3, 2012. An outbreak of a rare and deadly form of meningitis has now sickened 26 people in five states who received steroid injections mostly for back pain, health officials said Wednesday. The Food and Drug Administration identified the maker of the steroid as New England Compounding Center, a specialty pharmacy. (AP Photo/Bob Salsberg)

A sign marks an entrance to Saint Thomas Hospital medical campus in Nashville, Tenn., on Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012. An outbreak of a rare and deadly form of meningitis that has sickened more than two dozen people was first detected among patients treated at the Saint Thomas Outpatient Neurosurgery Center in the complex. (AP Photo/Erik Schelzig)

In this Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012 photo, Dr. David Reagan, chief medical officer for the Tennessee Department of Health, right, and Dr. Marion Kayiner, also with the state health department tell local and national media about an outbreak of fungal meningitis infections that have already killed two and sickened 13 others in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/The Tennessean, Shelley Mays) NO SALES

A sign in front of the Waverly Business Center lists the New England Compounding and other business in Framingham, Mass., Wednesday Oct. 3, 2012. An outbreak of a rare and deadly form of meningitis has now sickened 26 people in five states who received steroid injections mostly for back pain, health officials said Wednesday. The Food and Drug Administration identified the maker of the steroid as New England Compounding Center, a specialty pharmacy. (AP Photo/Marshall Wolff, The MetroWest Daily News)

In this Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012 photo, Dr. David Reagan, chief medical officer for the Tennessee Department of Health,center, and Dr. Marion Kayiner talks with local and national media about an outbreak of fungal meningitis infections that have already killed two and sickened 13 others in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/The Tennessean, Shelley Mays) NO SALES

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