Meningitis outbreak claims life of North Carolinian

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October 20, 2012 8:23:05 PM PDT
The latest numbers from the Centers for Disease Control indicate one person in North Carolina has died following an outbreak of fungal meningitis.

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The family of Effie Elwina Lanier Shaw said she died as a result of the outbreak. Shaw is from Denton, Davidson County.

Shaw's son, Scott says his mother Effie needed back surgery but insurance policies required her to try injections for her pain first. Her family said she got the third shot in August and it made her violently ill.

"We've seen our mother in tremendous pain and excruciating headaches to the point of sickness", Scott said.

Within two weeks Effie was hospitalized at High Point Regional.  The Shaw family said after two strokes and five weeks of ups and downs, 77-year-old Effie Shaw died.

The outbreak is linked to steroid shots used for back pain. Nationally, 284 people have been sickened and 23 have died. The medication, which is made by a specialty pharmacy in Massachusetts, has been recalled.  

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