The meningitis-causing fungus Exserohilum rostratum is examined Oct. 12 at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.(Photo: Pouya Dianat, AP)
NASHVILLE -- With another life lost, Tennessee continues to be the state with the most deaths from the fungal meningitis outbreak.
numbers released Monday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention show 14 deaths -- one more than last week - having occurred
among people who received steroid epidurals in Tennessee with moldy
medicine. Michigan has the second-most deaths with 10, followed by
Indiana with seven.
The death occurred last week, said Woody
McMillin with the Tennessee Department of Health. Indiana also reported
an additional death.
Nationwide, the outbreak has now sickened 620 people, killing 39 of them. The number of sickened rose 5 percent from last week.
total case count is 124. Seventy-six of those cases are meningitis.
Three of them are strokes in patients who received epidurals but did not
have a lumbar puncture to diagnose meningitis. The others are injection
site infections along the spinal column or infections in a peripheral
Twelve new infections, all of them injection site illnesses, were reported from Tennessee over the past week.
The state with the most illnesses reported is Michigan with 223.
source of the outbreak is preservative-free methylprednisolone acetate
made by New England Compounding Center in Massachusetts. The medicine
was recalled in late September.
Tom Wilemon, The (Nashville) Tennessean