Posts Tagged 'Tennessee'

Meningitis outbreak speads to seven states

The meningitis outbreak linked to fungus-tainted steroid medication had spread to 47 cases in seven different states as of Oct. 5, according to a story in the Boston Globe.

As of Oct. 5, the death toll was still listed at five.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention added Michigan, with four cases, to the list of affected states. There were 29 reported cases in Tennessee; six in Virginia; three in Indiana; two each in Maryland and Florida; and one in ...

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Meningitis outbreak likely to spread

A meningitis outbreak has spread to five states – sickening 26 people and killing four, according to a story in USA Today.

Investigators believe the condition, a potentially deadly inflammation of the protective membranes covering the brain and spinal cord, was likely caused by a fungus-tainted steroid medication commonly injected to treat back pain. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration identified the steroid manufacturer as the New England Compounding Center, a specialty pharmacy in Framingham, Mass.

According to the story, 18 of ...

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Spinal steroid injection linked to Tennessee meningitis outbreak

State and federal health officials are reporting an outbreak of fungal meningitis in Tennessee.

Tennessee’s chief medical officer said at least 14 people who received steroid injections have been infected and two have died. All but one of those people received steroid injections for back pain at a Nashville clinic identified as the Saint Thomas Outpatient Neurosurgery Center. The other case, reported in North Carolina, was a patient who received the same type of injection.

Although investigators have not yet identified the ...

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