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While we usually hear about bacterial or viral meningitis, the type of meningitis that has infected patients in Tennessee and North Carolina is caused by an extremely rare fungus.
"The fungus involved called asperigilus is all around us all the time," added Dr. Schaffner
Schaffner says, it’s actually a type of mold caused by decaying vegetation. For example falling leaves.
"Normal people can just throw it off day in and day out. However, every once in a while it can get into a patient who is already very, very sick," said Dr. Schaffner
The patients infected all had epidermal steroid injections in their back or lumbar area. Officials suspect the steroid medication was contaminated.
"It would appear that a what's called a compounding pharmacy, out of state created a lot of this steroid medication , some of which was supplied to a clinic right here in Nashville. The early investigation seems to indicate that a batch of this indictable steroid was contaminated coming out of the pharmacy." Dr. Schaffner.
Dr. Schaffner says the good news is that the CDC and FDA are able to track exactly how many doses of medication were distributed and to whom.
It’s believed that all of the patients have been identified; treating this rare outbreak will be a challenge.
"Fungal infections are by in large more difficult to treat than simple bacterial infections. They're less common. We have fewer anti-fungal agents to use to treat them. They often occur in very ill patients. So that makes it harder to treat," added Dr. Schaffner
Monday, October 1 2012, 10:24 PM CDT
Prince Edward presents Edinburgh's awards in Tenn.
May 23, 2013 22:00 GMT
By ERIK SCHELZIG Associated Press
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Queen Elizabeth's youngest son, Prince Edward, is visiting Tennessee to promote one of the British royal family's charities, the Duke of Edinburgh's awards.
The prince presided over an awards ceremony at the governor's mansion in Nashville on Thursday for the first batch of young Tennesseans to participate in the leadership and character program.
About 80 youths received the award by participating in community service, skills development, physical fitness and adventurous journeys through the Boy Scouts, Boys and Girls Clubs, LEAD Academy, Montgomery Bell Academy or the Miss Tennessee Scholarship Organization.
Following the event, Gov. Bill Haslam and first lady Crissy Haslam invited the awardees and their families to tea inside the governor's residence. Later on Thursday, the prince was scheduled to headline a black-tie gala at Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville.
Bernanke signals Fed to maintain stimulus efforts
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Chairman Ben Bernanke is telling Congress that the U.S. job market remains weak and that it is too soon for the Federal Reserve to end its extraordinary stimulus programs.
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