Bacterial meningitis is usually severe. While most people with meningitis recover, it can cause serious complications, such as brain damage, hearing loss, or learning disabilities.
Twenty-three people have now died and 284 have been sickened in the nationwide meningitis outbreak apparently tied to contaminated steroid injections, U.S. health officials reported Saturday.
Health experts said Thursday they expect to see more cases of a deadly type of meningitis that has been linked to an apparently contaminated steroid used for back pain. The outbreak so far has killed four people.