Infections rise in Tenn. from meningitis outbreak

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 CDC from Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Minnesota Department of Health)

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 CDC from Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Minnesota Department of Health)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The number of people sickened in Tennessee related to an outbreak of fungal meningitis climbed to 145, an increase of five more patients compared to last week.

Nationwide the number of people who have gotten sick has increased to 678 patients with 44 deaths. The outbreak is linked to steroid injections from a Massachusetts-based compounding pharmacy.

The Tennessean reports that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Monday that four of the new cases reported in Tennessee are infections near the spine where the injection occurred and one is a patient with both fungal meningitis and an infection at the site of the injection.

Fourteen people in Tennessee have died. Fungal meningitis is not contagious.


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