Centers for Disease Control http://wkms.org en Kentucky Flu Outbreaks on the Rise, Prompt Officials to Raise Flu Level to Widespread Status http://wkms.org/post/kentucky-flu-outbreaks-rise-prompt-officials-raise-flu-level-widespread-status <p></p><p></p><p>More than half of Kentucky’s regions have seen an increase in flu outbreaks in the past week prompting the state health department to raise the flu level to widespread. That’s the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s highest level for flu.</p><p>State epidemiologist Craig Humbaugh says this year the main strain is H1N1, which first emerged in 2009. Tue, 07 Jan 2014 20:53:36 +0000 Whitney Jones 37864 at http://wkms.org Kentucky Flu Outbreaks on the Rise, Prompt Officials to Raise Flu Level to Widespread Status Meningitis Outbreak Tied to Back Pain Injections http://wkms.org/post/meningitis-outbreak-tied-back-pain-injections <p>More than 500 patients at an Evansville, Indiana, hospital received injections of a recalled back medication tied to a meningitis outbreak. A St. Mary’s Health spokeswoman says 10 of the 250 patients the hospital has contacted have symptoms of the illness. The steroid injections for back pain were distributed in nearly two dozen states and have been contaminated with a deadly fungal meningitis. The Centers for Disease Control says 35 people in six states, including Tennessee, have contracted meningitis. Five of them have died. Fri, 05 Oct 2012 12:15:29 +0000 Whitney Jones & The Associated Press 22886 at http://wkms.org Meningitis Outbreak Tied to Back Pain Injections