(Reuters) - About 13,000 people in 23 states may have received steroid injections linked to a rare fungal meningitis outbreak that has killed eight people, but far fewer are likely to contract the disease, the Centers for Disease Control said on Monday.
It was the first time the CDC has given an estimate of the number of patients potentially affected, having previously said only that it could be in the thousands.
So far, 105 cases of the rare form of meningitis have been confirmed in nine states. In worst-hit Tennessee another person has died, bringing the national death toll to eight, the CDC and Tennessee state authorities said on Monday.
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