June shipment not part of recall; 2 more sick

June shipment not part of recall; 2 more sick


NASHVILLE (AP) - Tennessee health officials say they have determined that a June shipment of epidural steroids was not part of recalled batch that has been linked to a deadly fungal meningitis outbreak.

The Tennessee Department of Health had said on Friday that it became aware of the batch and officials were trying to determine whether it was part of the massive recall issued by the New England Compounding Center after the shots were linked to the outbreak, which has sickened 197 people in 13 states and led to 15 deaths. Tennessee health officials said they don't think any shipments of the injections arrived there until June 27.

Meanwhile, health officials said on Saturday the number of meningitis cases in Tennessee had increased by two to 52, with six deaths reported.

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