October 9th , 2012 9:00 am Leave a comment

Another Tenn. death linked to meningitis outbreak

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NASHVILLE (AP) — A Nashville hospital announced the death of another patient from fungal meningitis late Monday.

The patient died at Saint Thomas Hospital over the weekend, hospital spokeswoman Rebecca Climer said. A second meningitis patient died last week at the hospital.

The death would bring the state’s toll to five, and the nationwide toll to nine, although neither state nor federal officials have yet included it in their counts.

Health Department spokesman Woody McMillin said he could not confirm the death, and that anyone who died in the past day or two would not be included in the state’s count.

Earlier Monday, state officials raised Tennessee’s death toll to four based on new information about a person who died early in the outbreak on Sept. 26. Based on that information, the Centers for Disease Control raised the number of people killed nationwide to eight.

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