More meningitis cases reported in Tennessee

More meningitis cases reported in Tennessee

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Specialty Surgery Center in Crossville was one of several clinics in the nation to receive a batch of the steroids linked to the outbreak. Specialty Surgery Center in Crossville was one of several clinics in the nation to receive a batch of the steroids linked to the outbreak.

By MONA NAIR
6 News Reporter

CROSSVILLE (WATE) – The fungal meningitis outbreak in Tennessee continued to spread Friday.

The Tennessee Department of Health reported four new cases since Thursday. None of those cases were fatal, but state health officials expect the outbreak to get worse.

The tainted steroid injections linked to the outbreak have been shipped to Tennessee clinics in Nashville, Crossville and Oak Ridge.

Specialty Surgery Center in Crossville was one of several clinics in the nation to receive a batch of the steroids linked to the outbreak. One of the infected patients received a steroid shot there.

"It's a clinic where you can have a surgery done outside of a hospital setting," said Tommy Armes, who runs Cumberland Vital Care, a local pharmacy. "You go in, have your procedure done, and you can go home at the end of the day. They're certainly good folks. We personally know most of the staff."

Armes said the facility is a well-established medical facility with a solid reputation.

"They're certainly good folks, good folks," he said. "We personally know most of the staff."

The clinic released a statement saying that following the recall they, "promptly canceled all pain management patients for the following day".

They also said they had contacted all patients who received the same injection during the period in question, July 1 to Sept. 28.

Clinic officials said they have stopped performing the injections until they feel that patients are no longer at risk.

"Everyone's concerned," Armes said. "There's nothing we can do now except see if more cases will present themselves."

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