Man fighting for life after meningitis outbreak on liner

Four crew members in hospital

Man fighting for life after meningitis outbreak on liner

(ANSA) - Livorno, October 8 - Four members of the crew of an Italian liner are in hospital, including one who is fighting for his life, following an outbreak of bacterial meningitis. The four were admitted to hospital in the Tuscan port of Livorno on Sunday at the end of a cruise by MSC's Orchestra liner. A 32-year-old Indonesian crew member is the most ill of the four. He is in the intensive care department of Livorno hospital as is another man who is seriously ill, a 47-year-old Italian who worked in the kitchen of the ship. The two other crew members are in the hospital's infective diseases department. The MSC Orchestra left Livorno to start another cruise late on Sunday. U.S. health officials said on Sunday that 91 people in nine states were infected with fungal meningitis in an outbreak linked to steroid injections that has killed seven people.

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