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Meningitis outbreak: TN infections rise, national death toll hits 44

8:24 PM, Jan 14, 2013   |    comments
October 2012: Tennessee is one of the hardest states hit after a meningitis outbreak is traced back to contaminated medicine from a Massachusetts facility.
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By Tom Wilemon / The Tennessean

Four more people have died in the national outbreak of fungal meningitis linked to contaminated steroid injections, but none of those deaths was in Tennessee.

Update numbers released today by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say five more people have been sickened in Tennessee, including one new case of meningitis.

Infections in Tennessee now total 145 - five more than last week. Four of the new cases are injection site infections. One is a patient sickened with meningitis in addition to a surgical site infection.

Nationwide, the toll of those sickened rose to 678, up from 664 last week. Minnesota reported its first death. Another death occurred in Michigan, where 12 people have now died. Two more people died in Indiana, increasing the death toll there to nine.

Tennessee still leads the nation in the number of deaths with 14.

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