Two Meningitis Related Deaths in the Hoosier State

By Scott Sarvay

October 15, 2012 Updated Oct 15, 2012 at 12:02 PM EST

Indiana (Indiana’s NewsCenter) - Sad news as we report another death in the Hoosier state from that deadly meningitis outbreak.

89-year-old Pauline Burema, of Cassopolis, Michigan, died in her daughter's home in Bristol, Indiana. Burema is the second person in the Hoosier state to die from the tainted steroid injection.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 28 people in Indiana have contracted the illness from tainted steroid shots.

Right now the outbreak is in 14-states with a total of 15-deaths across the country.

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The family of a Michigan woman who died after receiving a steroid injection at an Elkhart, Indiana clinic is waiting for results of an autopsy to determine if she died from fungal meningitis.

If that's the case, 89-year-old Pauline Burema will be the state's first death linked to the tainted steroid shots given for back pain.

Burema was given two shots recently.

Several doctors have told her relatives they are certain fungal meningitis was the cause of her death.

There are now 24-cases of the illness tied to the tainted steroid in the Hoosier state.




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