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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee health officials are once again alerting patients who received tainted steroid injections after finding that some have abscesses at the injection site that could lead to fungal meningitis.

Tennessee Health Commissioner John Dreyzehner announced Tuesday that since Thanksgiving officials have identified 22 new cases of these localized infections and one case of meningitis without an abscess. Two patients with the injection site infections also showed early signs of meningitis.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A task force of state health officials is trying to reverse an alarming rise in the number of Tennessee babies born addicted to drugs.

Babies born wiith addictions often spending many days in the hospital as they go through the painful withdrawal process.

Dr. Adam Huggins, an OB-GYN at Summit Medical Center, says he’s definitely seen an increase in the number of drug addicted newborns. He says it’s physically hard on the child and emotionally difficult for the medical staff that cares for them.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee health officials will start contacting hundreds of people who received steroid injections for back pain linked to a fungal meningitis outbreak to warn them about another infection.

Dr. David Reagan, chief medical officer for the Tennessee Department of Health, says the new round of calls will start next week to about 900 patients who have not developed fungal meningitis but who may be at risk for a localized infection or abscess near the injection site.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee health officials say the number of people sickened by fungal meningitis and other diseases after receiving steroid injections has risen to 70.

Yesterday, the pharmacist who co-founded the Massachusetts specialty pharmacy linked to the meningitis outbreak voluntarily surrendered his license in Tennessee.

The state pharmacy board accepted the agreement by Barry Cadden, the co-founder of New England Compounding Center, to give up his license to practice pharmacy in Tennessee. The company surrendered its license last week.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — Health officials report that the number of cases of rare fungal meningitis in Tennessee has increased by five to 49 cases.

The number of deaths in Tennessee from the outbreak remains at six. That’s according to an update posted on the state Department of Health website. Nationwide the number of cases increased to 170 cases, including 14 deaths in 11 states.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — Tennessee has suffered another fatality resulting from a deadly meningitis outbreak.  

Health officials say the number of people sickened has now reached 105 cases. Eight people have died, four in Tennessee.

The fungal meningitis outbreak has been tied to steroid shots for back pain. The steroid was made by a specialty pharmacy in Massachusetts.