Officials from Middle Tennessee Medical Center will be on WGNS at 8:10 Wednesday morning (10/10/2012) to make a special announcement about the the local meningitis link with steroid shots. The hospital staff reportedly has given good news to some patients, but the administrative staff is checking all sources before they make a statement. That will come in a special broadcast over WGNS at 8:10AM Wednesday morning.
Statement Released by the State of Tennessee:
Tennessee Health Commissioner John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH, has provided an update on the investigation of infections associated with recalled methylprednisolone acetate. His statements from today’s media briefing are included below.
As of 1 p.m. on October 9, 2012, TDH has now confirmed 39 cases of illnesses linked to this outbreak. Of those cases, six have resulted in death of the patients.
The State Health Operations Center is still activated and staffed daily for monitoring and surveillance of this outbreak. Five Regional Health Operations Centers have also been activated as part of this investigation: Upper Cumberland, Mid-Cumberland, East, Southeast and Nashville/Davidson County.
TDH advises individuals who have received either epidural steroid injections or steroid injections into major joints involving recalled material from the New England Compounding Center to contact their health care provider if they have questions or concerns. The only persons at risk of infection in this outbreak are those who received injections of methylprednisolone acetate from NECC between June 27 and Sept. 28, 2012 at previously named facilities in Nashville, Crossville and Oak Ridge.
TDH has also partnered with the Tennessee Poison Control Center to establish a hotline for individuals who have questions about this outbreak. The toll-free hotline number is 1-800-222-1222.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is also involved in this investigation, and is posting information online at www.cdc.gov/HAI/outbreaks/meningitis.html.