Another meningitis death reported in TN

UNCUT: TN Dept. of Health meningitis news conference

(WMC-TV / AP) - Another death has been reported in Tennessee as a result of the meningitis outbreak.

Health officials say the number of people sickened by a deadly meningitis outbreak has now reached 105 cases, with the majority of those being in Tennessee.  The number of fatalities is now at eight.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated the count on Monday.  The list of nine states with reported cases stayed the same. Tennessee, Michigan, Virginia, Indiana, Florida, Maryland, Minnesota, North Carolina and Ohio previously reported cases.

Officials say the fungal meningitis outbreak came from steroid shots used for back pain. The steroid was made by a specialty pharmacy in Massachusetts.

The company has recalled the steroid which was sent to clinics in 23 states. The government last week urged doctors not to use any of the company's products.

Fungal meningitis is not contagious.

"It's not believed to be transmittable from person to person, so we are really reaching out to people who have been exposed to the contaminated product and those are the people who should be looking for symptoms and signs of meningitis," said Dr. Lucy Wilson, MD Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

The cases in Tennessee have all been in the eastern or middle part of the state. There have not been any in West Tennessee, including Shelby County.

As health leaders across the country continue investigate the fungal meningitis outbreak, doctors and health workers in the Memphis area say there is no reason to panic.

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