Number of Patients in Tennessee Sickened by Meningitis Outbreak Increases to 81
The Tennessee Department of Health reports that the number of patients sickened during the outbreak has increased from 80 to 81 in the past day. The number of deaths from the outbreak remains at 13 statewide.
The outbreak of the non-contagious fungal meningitis has been linked to steroid injections from the Massachusetts-based New England Compounding Center, which recalled the product on September 26th.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said the period of greatest risk for the development of fungal meningitis is during the first 42 days---after receiving the injection.