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02:27 - Source: CNN
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Five Texas residents became ill with suspected cases of fungal meningitis after traveling to Matamoros, Mexico, for surgery, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services. One person died, and four others are hospitalized.

In a travel advisory, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urged patients to cancel certain procedures in Matamoros, Mexico. Health officials are investigating whether the cases are linked and whether there are more infections.

The CDC said in an advisory posted Wednesday to its Health Alert Network that it’s unclear what organism is behind the outbreak, but a fungus is suspected because of biomarkers in at least one of the patients’ cerebrospinal fluid.

The procedures all involved an epidural, an anesthetic injected into the area around the spinal column. The patients ranged in age from their 30s to their 50s, and symptoms began three days to six weeks after their procedures.