Updated:OCALA, Fla. —
The Florida Department of Health has diagnosed two more people with meningitis stemming from tainted vials of a steroid injection.
State officials said in a news release Friday that a 52-year-old woman and a 79-year-old woman contracted meningitis. Both were treated at the Marion County Pain Management Center with the steroid.
There have been nine cases of meningitis in Florida so far, including two deaths.
But one of those deaths is under dispute. A 70-year-old man died in July about two weeks after getting an injection at the clinic. State health officials just connected his death to the meningitis outbreak. But the clinic he went to is disputing the connection.
On Thursday, Health officials also linked a second death in Marion County to the outbreak.
The contaminated steroid has led to a multi-state meningitis outbreak.
Federal health officials have tracked down 12,000 of the roughly 14,000 people who may have received contaminated steroid shots in the nation's growing meningitis outbreak.
Officials warn that patients will need to keep watch for symptoms of the deadly infection for months.