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Posted: Monday, January 21, 2013 9:08 pm | Updated: 9:43 pm, Mon Jan 21, 2013.

CHARLOTTE - Days after investigators linked a deadly cluster of rare fungal meningitis cases in Tennessee to tainted back pain medication, state officials received an urgent email from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The federal health agency said North Carolina had a possible fungal meningitis case with links to the Tennessee outbreak. If true, the CDC said it would confirm a “broader contamination issue.”

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