published Friday, November 16th, 2012

Another case of meningitis reported in Tennessee

This undated photo made available by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows a branch of the fungus Aspergillus fumigatus. The fungus can also cause skin infections if it enters a break in the skin. The meningitis outbreak is linked to the fungus being accidentally injected into people as a contaminant in steroid treatments. It's not clear how the fungus got into the medicine.
This undated photo made available by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows a branch of the fungus Aspergillus fumigatus. The fungus can also cause skin infections if it enters a break in the skin. The meningitis outbreak is linked to the fungus being accidentally injected into people as a contaminant in steroid treatments. It's not clear how the fungus got into the medicine.
Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Federal officials Friday reported one new case of fungal meningitis in Tennessee pushing the total since the outbreak began to 82.

The CDC report shows the number of deaths in Tennessee from the outbreak remains at 13. The last report was on Wednesday.

Nationwide the number of meningitis infections rose from 461 to 480 and the number of deaths increased by 1 to 33.

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