Two more people die from meningitis in Tennessee

Two more people have died in Tennessee from a rare fungal meningitis.

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) -- Two more people have died in Tennessee from a rare fungal meningitis linked to contaminated steroid injections.

According to the state Health Department, eight people in Tennessee have now died from the disease.

In total, 61 people in the state have been sickened either with meningitis or joint infections associated with the steroids. That is an increase of three from Tuesday.

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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