The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported one of two people in North Carolina diagnosed with a fungal meningitis that's sweeping the country has died.
That brings the total number of deaths to 23.
More than 280 people in more than a dozen states have been diagnosed with the illness, which is linked to a tainted steroid injection used to ease back pain.
The CDC did not specify where the North Carolina victim lived.
According to authorities, more than 100 patients received the injection from three facilities in N.C., at the High Point Surgery Center, Surgical Center of Wilson and the North Carolina Orthopaedic Clinic in Durham.
Experts said people can die days or even weeks after being hospitalized.
The FDA is investigating the clinic where the drugs originated.