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Meningitis Outbreak Update: October 24, 2011

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee health officials say the number of people sickened by fungal meningitis and other diseases after receiving steroid injections has risen to 70.

Yesterday, the pharmacist who co-founded the Massachusetts specialty pharmacy linked to the meningitis outbreak voluntarily surrendered his license in Tennessee.

The state pharmacy board accepted the agreement by Barry Cadden, the co-founder of New England Compounding Center, to give up his license to practice pharmacy in Tennessee. The company surrendered its license last week.

The outbreak of rare fungal meningitis, an inflammation of the lining of the brain and spinal cord, has sickened more than 300 people, including 23 who died, in 17 states. Nine patients have died here in Tennessee.