Health
6:26 am
Tue January 15, 2013

Tennessee Meningitis Cases Continue to Rise

The number of people sickened in Tennessee related to that outbreak of fungal meningitis climbed to 145, an increase of five more patients just in the past week.

Nationwide the number of people who have gotten sick has increased to 678 patients with 44 deaths. The outbreak is linked to steroid injections from a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy.

The Tennessean reports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said four of the new cases reported in Tennessee are infections near the spine where the injection occurred and one is a patient with both fungal meningitis and an infection at the injection site.

Fourteen people in Tennessee have died.