Centers for Disease Control

Society
2:53 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Kentucky Flu Outbreaks on the Rise, Prompt Officials to Raise Flu Level to Widespread Status

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.

State epidemiologist Craig Humbaugh says this year the main strain is H1N1, which first emerged in 2009.

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Society
7:15 am
Fri October 5, 2012

Meningitis Outbreak Tied to Back Pain Injections

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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.