Jeffrey Hammond, a spokesman for the state’s Department of Health, said the illness is not fungal meningitis, which has infected 250 people and killed at least 20 nationwide.
The two cases bring the total in the state to four. All four patients are residents of Cumberland County.
The Department of Health said a 57-year-old Cumberland County man has been hospitalized at South Jersey Healthcare Regional Medical Center at Vineland with presumptive fungal meningitis.
State health officials say a 70-year-old Cumberland County man is hospitalized with what is believed to be the illness. He received an injection of a steroid from one of the lots recalled by a specialty pharmacy in Massachusetts and tied to a meningitis outbreak.
Health Commissioner Mary O’Dowd said no cases have been uncovered in New Jersey, but in a statement said “This is an ongoing investigation and the full scope of the affected patients and facilities is not yet known.”
Former Orioles first baseman Rafael Palmeiro in his first year of eligibility for the Hall of Fame, he appeared on the The Norris & Davis Show on 105.7 The Fan in Baltimore to discuss his career.