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BOSTON – A physician from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention vividly described the extensive damage to the brains and spinal columns of patients who were victims of the 2012 fungal meningitis outbreak.

Testifying in U.S. District Court Thursday, Dr. Sherif Zaki showed four slides for each of 17 victims describing how the fungus climbed the spinal columns and then attacked the brains, invading tissue and blood vessels killing brain cells in some victims. The patients had received injections of a contaminated steroid painkiller made at the former New England Compounding Center in Framingham.

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