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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
Audit finds $51K missing at Hamblen animal shelter
May 22, 2013 19:59 GMT
MORRISTOWN, Tenn. (AP) -- An audit by the state comptroller's office has found that more than $51,000 in animal adoption fees and donations for the Morristown-Hamblen Humane Society was not deposited into the facility's bank account.
According to the audit, an investigation was requested by the Hamblen County mayor after a humane society employee discovered altered receipts.
The audit says a former employee who was questioned by management admitted to backdating one receipt to "borrow" $120. The employee returned the $120 and was terminated. The employee refused to meet with auditors.
Morristown-Hamblen Humane Society Board Chair Gean Ann Sing said in a response to auditors that the humane society now utilizes more than one employee for handling deposits. The board also has agreed to obtain yearly audits.
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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