Fungal meningitis cases continued to rise nationally as a woman in the Spartanburg area reportedly was being evaluated for symptoms of the rarely-seen, potentially deadly illness thought to be related to tainted pain medicine.

Also, a woman who died of fungal meningitis Sept. 30 after receiving a spinal steroid shot for back pain was reported to be the stepmother of a Mount Pleasant resident, Jill Cary Bloser. A memorial service was held Tuesday for Lilian Cary, 67, of Howell, Mich. Her husband, George Cary, told reporters he received similar injections for back pain from possibly-tainted steroids but still is awaiting the results of a spinal tap last weekend, the Associated Press reported.

A phone message left at Bloser’s home seeking comment was not immediately returned. Her Facebook page featured a photo of Bloser and her mom with accompanying condolence messages.

So far, South Carolina has had no confirmed cases of fungal meningitis, but 12 people in the Charleston area who received spinal injections of a suspect steroid have been referred for a lumbar puncture to test for the presence of the illness.

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