Tennessee sees 2 new meningitis cases

The number of Tennessee cases of people sickened by a rare fungal meningitis linked to contaminated steroid injections is now 63.

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) -- The number of Tennessee cases of people sickened by a rare fungal meningitis linked to contaminated steroid injections is now 63.

According to the state Health Department, that's an increase of two from Wednesday.

Officials say eight people in Tennessee have died from the disease.

On Monday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced it was investigating several other medications produced by the Massachusetts pharmacy that made the suspect steroid.

The Tennessee Health Department said Wednesday that 74 health care facilities here have received shipments of those medications.

Health officials in Tennessee are currently identifying patients who might have received the newly suspect medicines and should begin to contact them early next week.


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