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Meningitis outbreak in middle Tennessee

By Megan Brantley, mbrantley@wcyb.com
Published On: Oct 02 2012 04:41:42 PM CDT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

While we had a chance to talk with Tennessee health officials Tuesday, we asked them about a possible meningitis outbreak in the Volunteer State.

Two more patients have been identified who contracted meningitis after getting steroid injections for back pain at a Nashville clinic. That raises the total number of people to 14 who develop fungal meningitis after the injections.

"We're working with the CDC and FDA to identify other folks who may be at risk around the country," said Tennessee Health Department Commissioner John Dreyzehner.

One of the patients was in North Carolina; the rest are in the Nashville area.

We've learned two patients have died.

The Chief Medical Officer for the Tennessee Department of Health said today that officials are now classifying the incidents as an outbreak of meningitis.