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Vanderbilt health officials took us behind the scenes to this pharmacy where THE medicine considered life saving for so many right now. It's an anti fungal IV --- the only hope those with fungal meningitis have.
Dr. William Shaffner// Infectious Disease Vanderbilt "This waiting this uncertainty is agonizing and I'm sure extremely stressful."
Doctors say the incubation period for fungal meningitis is a week to a month... or longer.
Stacy Case asks: Do you have an estimate of how many people are affected?
Dr. John Dreyzehner TN Health Commissioner "In our state we estimate 1,000 people who are at risk.. ie they have received some of the contaminated medication."
With more than a thousand at risk---- should doctors start them on this medicine preventatively?
Stacy Case asks Can they call up and say I got the injection and I want to get ahead of this?
Dr. William Shaffner/ Infectious Disease Vanderbilt The antifungal medications we have are very difficult to use. They're toxic drugs. While they're used to treat the infection they can also damage the body particularly the kidney and liver.
Dr David Reagan/ State Health Dept. Just right now the CDC is not recommending prophylacsis and we are not recommending prophylacsis. It looks right now as from our analysis if we identify symptoms early and appropriate treatment is started then the response is good.
The problem is, the fungal meningitis onset, we've now learned is different from bacterial and viral meningitis. The latter two come on suddenly. Fungal meningitis eases on with less severe symptoms INITIALLY.... which may go unnoticed.
Also Monday, health officials revealed the CDC has discovered a second mold, in addition to aspergillus inside this tainted vial. The second mold is Exserohilum doctors are starting to study its role in the sickness.
Monday, October 8 2012, 10:46 PM CDT
Tenn. Powerball ticket worth $1 million
May 19, 2013 18:44 GMT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A Powerball ticket sold in Tennessee barely missed winning a share of an estimated $590.5 million prize. But the ticket has a nice consolation prize worth $1 million.
Officials say the Powerball ticket worth $1 million was sold in Chattanooga.
There's no word yet on who won.
A Powerball ticket sold at a supermarket in Zephyrhills, Fla., matched all six numbers selected Saturday night for the estimated $590.5 million prize. It's the highest Powerball jackpot in history.
The winning numbers were 10, 13, 14, 22 and 52, with a Powerball of 11.
Gauge of US economy's future health up in April
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A measure of the U.S. economy's future health rose in solidly in April, buoyed by a sharp rise in applications to build new homes and apartments.
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Dow Record: Three tales of ups, downs and changes
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NEW YORK (AP) -- When the Dow first crossed 14,000, investors were overjoyed. ...
IN THE NEWS: LABOR GROUP SAYS CONDITIONS AT APPLE PLANTS IMPROVING
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A labor group Apple joined to assess working conditions at three manufacturing plants in China, where its products are made, says conditions are getting better.
ON THIN ICE?
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- He was already on thin ice with the law when he failed to meet the conditions of his probation.