meningitis

Health
3:22 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

Tennessee Continues to See Increase in Fungal Meningitis Cases

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Tennessee health officials reported that the number of cases of rare fungal meningitis has increased by five to 49 cases. The number of deaths in Tennessee from the outbreak remained at six as of noon today. At least one person in our region has been diagnosed, according to the Union City Daily Messenger. Six Kentuckians have fallen ill, and one has died. The Kentuckians were infected in Tennessee and Indiana hospitals.

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Health
2:52 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

Kentucky Facilities Did Not Receive Meningitis Tainted Steroids

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A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report shows that Kentucky medical facilities did not receive tainted steroids responsible for a fungal meningitis outbreak that has killed 11 people in the US. However, the Kentucky Department for Public Health reports that five Kentuckians have been diagnosed with the illness after receiving the epidural injections in Tennessee medical facilities.

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Morning Cram
8:03 am
Fri October 5, 2012

The Morning Cram [the shaken, not stirred edition]

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From NPR: Scientists answer if martinis are better served shaken or stirred in honor of the 50th anniversary of the first James Bond release.

From Kentucky: Oak Grove issues a boil advisory for Monday due to main line repairs.

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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.

Education
9:42 am
Wed August 1, 2012

Meningitis Vaccinations Recommended

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School nurses in Tennessee are urging parents to have their children vaccinated against meningitis before the school year starts. Half of the state’s teens aren't vaccinated. Meningitis can be spread through contact such as sharing water bottles and drinking glasses. Ten percent of people who contract the disease die, sometimes within 24 hours. State Department of Health immunization program director Dr. Kelly Moore said the shots are not required in Tennessee, but are recommended.