Meningitis Outbreak: The Scramble

Meningitis cases spread as CDC tries to keep up.
3:00 | 10/15/12

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We turn to that deadly outbreak of meningitis, the result of sheer roid shots to the spine for patients who thought they were seeking relief from back page. Tonight more cases have been reported bringing the total now to more than 200. And this evening we're learning more about the company at the center of the outbreak. Here tonight abc's mark greenblatt. Reporter: For the eighth straight day, the number of people infected with fungal meningitis has risen. Marcia martin's mom died. She was just one of those people who could not sit still, wanted to be outdoors, loved to garden. Reporter: The number of cases confirmed by the cdc jumping today to 205 from 198 including 4 new cases in new hampshire, the first found in that state. And this weekend, more questions about the company responsible for those contaminated spinal injections. The new england compounding center. It's a so-called compound pharmacy and allowed to mix small batches of specialized medicines for individual patients without fda oversight. But the company is now facing a class action lawsuit from meningitis patients in minnesota while pressure mounts to increase oversight of similar companies. Congress must now wake up. Pass a law so that the fda can protect the american health. And safety. Reporter: More troubling the only two treatments for fungal meningitis have very dangerous side effects, and our own dr. Richard besser says that they're used to treat and they're not an option for david, and not just exposed.

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