The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention increased it numbers in the deadly meningitis outbreak to 23 dead. The new deaths reported in Tennessee and North Carolina.
The CDC said the outbreak, linked to tainted steroids produced at New England Compounding Center in Framingham, has reached 16 states with 284 cases, including 23 deaths.
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Last week, federal officials raided the Waverly Road specialty pharmacy.
Since the first death,
NECC has suspended operations, and surrendered its license in several states, and laid off almost half of its employees.
NECC's owners are also owners of two other companies - Ameridose LLC of Westborough and Alaunus Pharmaceutical in Framingham - and both have agreed to halt operations until Nov. 5.