Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

Area News

October 5, 2012

29 in Tennessee infected with fungal meningitis

CROSSVILLE — Updated 11:30 a.m. Oct. 5

Twenty-nine patients in Tennessee have been infected with a rare form of fungal meningitis, according to the Tennessee Department of Health, and three patients in the state have died.

The infection is thought to be tied to either cervical or lumbar epidural steroid injections at clinics in Nashville and Crossville. Patients at a third facility in Oak Ridge may have been exposed to medication from an contaminated lot, but no cases of illness have been confirmed at that facility.

The Tennessee Department of Health is working with Specialty Surgery Center in Crossville, the PCA Pain Center in Oak Ridge and the Saint Thomas Outpatient Neurosurgery Center in Nashville. The date range for possible exposure includes July 1 to Sept. 28. According to a Wednesday media briefing, one patient received an epidural steroid injection at the Crossville clinic.

Tennessee Health Commissioner John Dreyzehner said in a press briefing, "The continuing investigation has found no significant lapses in processes at any facility. The clinics and their staff are trying their best to treat and improve the lives of patients that come to them in pain, and we respect them and appreciate their efforts. They had no way of knowing of the contamination at the time of treatment. The evidence indicates this is a product issue."

The TDH believes the infection to be fungal, and aspergillus fumigatus has been isolated from one patient. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration found a sealed vial of the drug methylprednisolone acetate contained a fungal contaminant. The drugs came from New England Compounding Center, NECC. These drugs were shipped to 23 states. Three lots of the drug have been recalled and NECC has shut down its operations.

Symptoms include headache, fever, stiff neck, being unsteady on feet and back pain that is worse than the previous baseline. Dreyzehner said the Department of Health will continue to follow-up with patients for some time as there is a question of the incubation period.

The Centers for Disease Control have advised ceasing use of all materials compounded and distributed by the company, though there is no evidence to date other products from NECC are implicated in the outbreak.

The form of meningitis in these patients is not contagious or transmitted from person to person. Meningitis is a general term for an infection or inflammatory process involving the lining of the brain and central nervous system. The cases under investigation have no relation to the much more common forms of bacterial or viral meningitis.

The TDH and the Tennessee Poison Control Center have partnered to answer questions from the public about meningitis. Call 1-800-222-1222.

1
Text Only
Area News
  • Panel discusses auditing hotel/motel tax collections

    Commissioners on the budget committee discussed the possibility of auditing hotels and motels in the county regarding the collection of hotel/motel tax collection figures being down.

    April 17, 2014

  • Repent burglar must serve time

    Some defendants cry, because they get caught, and others are tearful with remorse. No one in the courtroom doubted Robert Killeen's sincerity when he apologized to his victim, his loved ones and supporters for committing crimes against an elderly widow, stealing the money her late husband left her.

    April 17, 2014

  • Panel OKs budget amendments

    The Cumberland County Budget Committee approved a $134,506 budget amendment for the Cumberland County Solid Waste Department in order to accept a grant from the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation for enhanced waste oil collection.

    April 16, 2014

  • Council votes to seek RFQs for wastewater operation

    The city of Crossville has had a 20-year relationship with Veolia Water, the contractor that currently operates the wastewater treatment plant for the city, and while council members say they don't have a problem with the company's service, they have voted to send out requests for qualifications (RFQ) to determine if they have the best company operating the facility.

    April 16, 2014

  • Police: Couple sets up house in Tansi pool

    A Lake Tansi couple who suddenly found themselves without shelter set up a temporary home in an indoor pool area at the resort/retirement community, according to police arrest reports.

    April 16, 2014

  • certifying machines.jpg Certifying early voting machines

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • Mobile Vet Center in town Wednesday

    The Department of Veterans Affairs will have a Mobile Vet Center (MVC) in Crossville at the Cumberland County Community Complex 1398 Livingston Rd. on Wednesday, April 16. MVC 844 will be at the Community Complex from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

    April 15, 2014

  • The Palm Tree Revisited

    Palm Sunday is right around the corner. Since we don't have palm trees in our neck of the woods, there probably aren't many people who think about their unique characteristics. Several years ago I read a devotional by Dr. Cecil A. Fayard Jr., “The Palm Tree Revisited,” and want to share some highlights.

    April 15, 2014

  • Crossville breakfast rotary.jpg Rotarians support United Fund

    On Wednesday, March 26, Crossville Breakfast Rotary President Jeff Vires presented a $1,000 check from the Crossville Breakfast Rotary Club to Carmen Wyatt, board president of United Fund, and Holly Neal, executive director of the United Fund. The United Fund of Cumberland County, Inc. provides administrative and other central services for the public and private health, welfare, character building and recreation, education service, charitable and philanthropic agencies and community organizations and the general public of Crossville, Cumberland County and the vicinity.

    April 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • tree of distinction.jpg Tree of Distinction?

    In the articles on Trees of Distinction, the Crossville Tree Board usually highlights a tree in the community that is an exemplary specimen of the species.

    April 14, 2014 1 Photo

Marketplace Marquee
Must Read
Section Teases
Seasonal Content
Parade
AP Video
Raw: Royal Couple Visits Australia Mountains Raw: Pro-Russian Militants Killed on Base Captain of Sunken South Korean Ferry Apologizes Boston Bombing Survivors One Year Later Sister of Slain MIT Officer Reflects on Bombing Raw: Blast at Tennessee Ammunition Plant Kills 1 Hoax Bomb Raises Anxiety in Boston Egypt Clamps Down on Mosques to Control Message After Fukushima, Japan Eyes Solar Power New York Auto Show Highlights Latest in Car Tech Ex-California City Leader Gets 12 Year Sentence Disbanding Muslim Surveillance Draws Praise Hundreds Missing After South Korean Ferry Sinks Passengers Abuzz After Plane Hits Swarm of Bees Town, Victims Remember Texas Blast At Boston Marathon, a Chance to Finally Finish Are School Dress Codes Too Strict?
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Weather Radar