Meningitis outbreak in Tennessee

08 October 2012 09:03

Meningitis is inflammation of the protective membranes covering the brain and spinal cord

Meningitis is inflammation of the protective membranes covering the brain and spinal cord

State and federal health experts are investigating an outbreak of meningitis in Tennessee after 14 people contracted the disease. All but one of those to have developed the condition had received steroid injections for back pain at a Nashville clinic.

The other case was reported in North Carolina in a patient who had received the same type of injection, authorities said. Two of the 14 people have already died. Marion Kainer, an infectious diseases physician and epidemiologist with the Tennessee Health Department, said it is still too early to identify the source of the outbreak.

However, Kainer revealed that three lots of injectable steroid used at a Nashville clinic between 30 July and 20 September have been recalled by the manufacturer.

The clinic in question, the Saint Thomas Outpatient Neurosurgery Center, voluntarily shut its doors on 20 September.

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