Meningitis outbreak spreads in Tennessee

Tennessee health officials reported that the number of cases of rare fungal meningitis increased by five to 49 cases on Thursday

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. (WVLT) -- Tennessee health officials reported that the number of cases of rare fungal meningitis increased by five to 49 cases on Thursday.

The number of deaths in Tennessee from the outbreak remained at six, according to an update posted on the state Department of Health website on Thursday. Nationwide, the number of cases reported in 11 states increased to 170 cases, including 14 deaths nationwide.

The CDC said the outbreak is among patients who received epidural steroid injections that were made by the New England Compounding Center, a specialty pharmacy in Massachusetts that has issued a recall for all its products.

This form of meningitis is not contagious and symptoms include fever, new or worsening headache, neck stiffness, sensitivity to light, increasing pain, and redness or swelling of the injection site.


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