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Thirty-nine Cases of Meningitis in Tennessee

October 11th, 2012 - By Charles Choate

The State of Tennessee is now reporting 39 cases of meningitis, associated with a tainted epidural steroid injection medication.

The latest report said nationwide, 137 cases have been confirmed in 10 states, with 12 deaths.

Tennessee has also recorded the most deaths from the outbreak with six, while three have died in Michigan, and one each in Maryland, Florida and Virginia.

Infectious Disease Specialist, Dr. Robert Latham of St. Thomas Hospital in Nashville, explained how physicians determined the origin of the meningitis outbreak.

Investigations have revealed that the infected medication was used on patients from a period of June 27th thru September 20th.

Dr. Latham added that the form of meningitis being treated now is specifically centered on those who received the injections.

The origin of the infected steroid has been determined and has voluntarily closed their operations after a mass recall.