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Under a microscope, Aspergillus does not appear dangerous but health officials believe this mold may play a role in two deaths.
"This is a very very unusual event and let me stress unusual event," said Dr. John Dreyzehner.
Tennessee Health Commissioner Dr. John Dreyzehner says the mold is one suspect in a meningitis outbreak that has infected at least 11 people in Tennessee.
All of them received an epidermal steroid injection at the Saint Thomas Outpatient Neurosurgery Center and one theory is this mold somehow contaminated the procedure,
"When you take a bacteria or a fungus and it's physically placed in a normally sterile space with particular situations it can wreak real havok and that may be what's occurring in this situation," added Dr. John Dreyzehner
Commissioner Dreyzehner says an unnamed out of state company prepared all of the steroid injections.
The Center for Disease Control is now investigating what happened and it is believed the number of infected patients could rise not only here in Tennessee but in more than a dozen states where this company ships injections.
"We wish everyone would recover and we wish we would identify no more cases and God willing that will be the case but we have to be realistic," said Dr. John Dreyzehner
One reason why those numbers could grow in Tennessee, some 737 people underwent this prodedure during the July 30th through September 20th time frame that’s a concern.
Saint Thomas has notified all of them to be alert for symptoms and the hospital released this statement.
"Our first concern is maintaining our commitment to ensuring the safety of our patients and our thoughts and prayers are with those impacted patients and their families."
St. Thomas has temporarily shut down the outpatient facility and we're told all of the injections in question have been confiscated. Also there's a team of specialists that are working to determine what's the best way to treat the people who are now a part of this outbreak.
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Monday, October 1 2012, 10:24 PM CDT
Houston brother will be his own attorney in court
June 18, 2013 13:02 GMT
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A Roane County man will face federal gun violation charges next month without an attorney.
The Knoxville News Sentinel (http://bit.ly/17VlXpM ) reported Rocky Joe Houston will represent himself on a charge of possession of a gun by a felon.
The charge came after Houston earlier represented himself in state court on charges stemming from a police chase. He was convicted of evading arrest and reckless endangerment.
Houston and his brother, Leon Houston, were tried, but not convicted, in the 2006 shooting deaths of a Roane County deputy and his ride-along companion.
In federal court, Rocky Joe Houston is claiming the officer who charged him with the felony had no legal authority.
Information from: Knoxville News Sentinel, http://www.knoxnews.com
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