Health warning on new round of fungal infections

Tennessee health officials are once again alerting patients who received tainted steroid injections after finding that some have infections at the injection site that could lead to fungal meningitis.

Laboratory technician Ruth Rutledge packages cerebrospinal fluid of the three confirmed meningitis cases in Minn., to send to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta for further testing, at the Minnesota Department of Health in St. Paul, Minn., on Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012. (AP Photo/Hannah Foslien)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Tennessee health officials are once again alerting patients who received tainted steroid injections after finding that some have infections at the injection site that could lead to fungal meningitis.

Tennessee Health Commissioner John Dreyzehner announced Tuesday that since Thanksgiving officials have identified 22 new cases of these localized infections and one case of meningitis without a localized infection. Two patients with the injection-site infections also showed early signs of meningitis.

Dreyzehner said the infections are under the skin, so patients do not see them. Symptoms include increased pain at the injection site, numbness and possible loss of bowel and bladder control.

State health officials said just before Thanksgiving that about 900 patients had received injections from recalled lots of the steroid but hadn't developed meningitis.


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