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UMC reassures no meningitis threat

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According to the information provided, the form of meningitis under investigation is a result of an epidural steroid injection, she said. There are different types of meningitis. The cases under investigation are fungal and were obtained through contamination. These cases have no relation to the much more common forms of bacterial or viral meningitis.


She added that the form of meningitis in question has been traced to a compounding pharmacy inMassachusetts one that UMC does not purchase products from.


We want to reassure our patients we do not purchase or receive any of the contaminated products from the compounding facility to which this issue has been linked, Cockrill said, adding We actively participate in a comprehensive response team and have preparedness plans to meet the needs of our community.


University Medical Center Director of Emergency Services Piotr N. Galaska, MD, FAAEM, confirmed this week that the hospital has the situation under control.


Being prepared for an emergency and treating patients is what we do every day. Our patients and our community can rest assured we are here when they need us, Galaska said.


UMC is part of federal and state coordinated systems including the CDC, Tennessee Department of Health (TDH) and state and local agencies. UMCs Infection Control Coordinator Retha Parker reviews daily the communications from these agencies and monitors hospital activity.


We follow all recommendations by the Center for Disease Control for preparedness and have informed the appropriate hospital physicians and staff of the situation, Parker said. The TDH and theTennesseePoisonControlCenterhave partnered to answer questions from the public about meningitis. The number is 1-800-222-1222.


Tennesseeis one of 10 states with reported cases of fungal meningitis. The other states areMichigan,Virginia,Florida,Indiana,Ohio,North Carolina,Minnesota,New JerseyandMaryland.


The steroid in question was sent to medical facilities in 23 states. Some 13,000 people throughout theU.S.may have received this particular steroid shot. It was reported Tuesday, also, that CDC officials believe the date of the infections began in the spring, all the way back to May.


Staff Writer Sabrina Garrett can be contacted at sgarrett@wilsonpost.com.




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