Meningitis death toll in Tenn. rises to 14

Tennessee has seen another death from the fungal meningitis outbreak that has sickened 620 people across the nation.

This photo provided Oct. 9, 2012, by the Minnesota Department of Health shows shows vials of the injectable steroid product made by New England Compounding Center implicated in a fungal meningitis outbreak that were being shipped to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta from Minneapolis. About 17,700 single-dose vials of the steroid sent to 23 states have been recalled. The outbreak involves 10 states, including Minnesota. (AP Photo/Minnesota Department of Health)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Tennessee has seen another death from the fungal meningitis outbreak that has sickened 620 people across the nation.

According to the latest statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 14 people have died in Tennessee from the disease caused by contaminated steroid injections.

In all 124 people have been sickened in Tennessee. At least 76 here have contracted meningitis.

The state Health Department recently began a new round of letters and phone calls to people who received the tainted injections. Officials are warning patients that some of them could still be at risk for the disease. Lingering infections at the injection site could lead to fungal meningitis if untreated.


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