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What caused the 2012 fungal meningitis outbreak?

The CDC is investigating medications and products that are associated with this outbreak of meningitis. As of this writing, the original source of the outbreak has not been determined. However, injectable steroid medication has been linked to the outbreak. The lots of medication that were given to patients have been recalled by the manufacturer.

The type of epidural medication given to patients affected by this outbreak is not the same type of medication as that given to women during childbirth.

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