JACKSONVILLE, Fla.-- Health officials are on alert this morning after 35 people in six states have been diagnosed with meningitis and at least five people have died.
Officials are concerned that the contaminated steroid shots could have been delivered to as many as 23 states, including Florida and Georgia.
"I can't tell you yet at this point whether we're at the beginning, the middle or the end. I think we're probably in the middle. I hope we're at the end, but there's no guarantee of that," Dr. Robert Latham said.
No Georgia illnesses have been reported, but state health leaders are helping more than 150 people who may have received steroids produced by a firm tied to a meningitis outbreak. They say a shipment of steroids were sent to Georgia from the New England compounding center in Framingham, Massachusetts.
In Florida, two cases have been confirmed, but the majority of the infections are in Tennessee. A total of 25 cases have been reported in that state alone.
Some of the symptoms reported so far include stiff neck, headache, sore throat and tingling of fingers and toes.