TRENTON - Three more cases of fungal meningitis were reported over the weekend in New Jersey. That brings to 16 the total number of cases in the state that are tied to a recalled, potentially tainted steroid produced by a specialty pharmacy in Massachusetts.

Nationally the outbreak of meningitis, an inflammation of the lining of the brain and spinal cord, has sickened nearly 300 people, including 23 who died, in more than a dozen states.

In New Jersey state health officials say all of those sickened are recovering.

Health officials say the three new patients diagnosed with probable fungal meningitis are all from Cumberland County, where the majority of the New Jersey cases have been recorded. They are two men ages 53 and 82, and a 62-year-old woman.

AP wire services contributed to this report.

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