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Michigan meningitis cases tied to outbreak

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan health officials are reporting six cases of fungal meningitis linked to injections of a recalled back-pain medication.

St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor spokesman Kevin DiCola says six cases are being treated at that hospital.

In all, there are 47 cases in seven states with five deaths.

Tennessee, Virginia, Maryland, Florida, North Carolina and Indiana had previously reported cases.

The Michigan Department of Community Health expects the number of cases to rise.

The MDCH says four facilities in the state that received a shipment of the medication involved in the investigation are Michigan Neurosurgical Institute in Grand Blanc; Michigan Pain Specialists in Brighton; Neuromuscular & Rehabilitation in Traverse City; and Southeast Michigan Surgical Hospital in Warren.

People who got the shots between July and September could be at risk.

The Associated Press is an independent global news organization dedicated to factual reporting.