The Florida Health Department has said today that there are now 17 cases of fungal meningitis in Florida and that four new ones have been reported and announced. Three of those patients have already died.

It is believed all are related to the tainted back pain injection medication given to patients in 23 states that was made by the New England Compounding Center, NECC.

Already a woman in Marion County has filed a lawsuit after she became ill with meningitis.

At least 20 people have died from the contaminated medicine that had fungal spores in it. An estimated 14,000 people are believed to have been injected with the bad medication.

FDA investigators have also confirmed at least 50 samples they took from the NECC also contained fungus but they are still not sure where the source is coming from.

Because of the extended incubation time of 1-4 weeks, health officials said they are still waiting to see more cases pop up around the country.

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