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Third Person Dies From Meningitis Outbreak

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A third Floridian who contracted meningitis from a tainted steroid injection has died.

State health officials said Wednesday that the 78-year-old Marion County man received the injection on Aug. 28 and died earlier this week.

Also, a 13th Floridian has contracted meningitis due to the contaminated steroid.

People in 15 states have been affected by the tainted medicine from a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy. Federal health officials say 15 people have died.

Meanwhile, another Marion County meningitis victim has filed the first lawsuit in Florida against the Massachusetts pharmacy that distributed tainted steroid injections.

Vlinda York’s attorney filed a lawsuit this week against the New England Compounding Center.

York was treated at the Marion Pain Management Center with two tainted steroid injections in August.

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