Meningitis outbreak spreads to Kentucky, one person dead

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by Maggie Ruper

WHAS11.com

Posted on October 8, 2012 at 11:53 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) --  Health officials say one Kentucky resident has died from fungal meningitis after receiving medical care in Tennessee.

The state Public Health Department says it can't provide any details about the death, despite some mystery that still surrounds the death of a southern Kentucky circuit judge two weeks ago.

Eddie Lovelace got the injections at Saint Thomas Outpatient Neurosurgery Center in Nashville, which received a shipment of the steroid suspected in the meningitis outbreak.

The agency said Monday it's been notified that five Kentucky residents came down with the rare form of meningitis after receiving medical attention in Tennessee.

It says these cases match the pattern of an outbreak linked to injections of steroids distributed by a Massachusetts pharmacy.

The health agency says none of the implicated lots is known to have been distributed in Kentucky. Locally, University Hospital, KentuckyOne Health and Norton Healthcare officials said they did not use the steroids in question from the New England Compounding Center in Massachusetts.

Symptoms include headache, fever, stiff neck and nausea. Anyone who thinks they may be at risk is advised to be tested right away.
 

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