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Friday, May 24 2013 1:46 PM EDT2013-05-24 17:46:21 GMT
On Friday, the Bengals signed Shawn Williams of Georgia, their third-round selection in the 2013 NFL Draft. Williams (6-0, 213) saw action in 54 games at Georgia and earned a reputation as one of theFull Story >
Williams (6-0, 213) saw action in 54 games at Georgia and earned a reputation as one of the college game's elite run-stoppers in the secondary.Full Story >
Friday, May 24 2013 1:39 PM EDT2013-05-24 17:39:49 GMT
On Friday, the Ohio Attorney General's Missing Children Clearinghouse annual 2012 report was released. According to report, a total of 19,219 reports of missing children were made in 2012. Of those children,Full Story >
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Friday, May 24 2013 1:25 PM EDT2013-05-24 17:25:37 GMT
Several Cincinnati car dealerships are giving away $50 gift cards to active and retired military and veterans starting on Monday though June 2. In partnership with a non-profit military charity calledFull Story >
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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -
The Tennessee Department of Health confirmed Friday that four more cases of fungal meningitis have been identified in Tennessee, bringing the total to 29.
The health department said three people have died from the outbreak in Tennessee. There have been five confirmed deaths nationwide.
Health officials urge healthcare providers not to use any materials from the New England Compounding Center, the Massachusetts pharmacy identified as having provided the steroid product to several facilities in 23 states.
Officials ask at-risk patients to continue to follow-up with medical personnel due to uncertainty with incubation times. Symptoms to look for in possible victims include headache, stiff neck, back pain, unsteady gait or fever.
Evidence provided by the state health department showed that clinics had no way to know the NECC products were contaminated.
Diana Reed, 56, of Brentwood, who had been hospitalized with the illness, died Wednesday. She has been identified as the third victim in Tennessee.
The Tennesseanreported Friday that Kentucky judge Eddie C. Lovelace was likely the first victim. Lovelace died Sept. 17 at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
The newspaper also reported Thomas Warren Rybinski, 55, of Smyrna, died of aspergillus meningitis Sept. 29 at Vanderbilt.
Deaths have also been reported in Virginia and Maryland. All received steroid injections used mostly for back pain that have been traced back to a specialty pharmacy in Massachusetts. The pharmacy issued a recall last week and has shut down operations.
The Centers for Disease Control confirmed Thursday there are now 47 cases nationally and additional cases are still expected.
The reported cases are in the following states:
29 in Tennessee
One in North Carolina
Two in Florida
Four in Virginia
Two in Maryland
One in Indiana
Four in Michigan
In all, 23 states received one of the three lots of voluntarily recalled injections. Those states include California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Maryland, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and Texas.
Doctors are being encouraged to discontinue use of all products produced by New England Compounding Center. There will be an expanded recall of more of their products.
The Food and Drug Administration inspected NECC on Oct. 1. Investigators found foreign particulate matter in an unopened vial.
Patients who received other types of injections with the affected methylpredisnolone acetate could be at risk. This includes injections other than epidurals.
Doctors said patients should look for redness and warmth at the injection site.
If patients are identified early, anti-fungal therapy can help avert the most "unfortunate consequences," said the CDC.
It's unclear if the drugs were actually made at the facility in Massachusetts.
More cases still possible
State officials said again Friday it is "certainly anticipating more cases." The condition of the affected patients run the spectrum - some are doing well, some are seriously ill and may die.
One of the new cases was from someone who received an epidural injection at the Specialty Surgery Center in Crossville.
This particular type of meningitis is not contagious and cannot be caught from person-to-person contact. This type is caused by a fungus often found in leaf mold.
Vandy doctor alerts health officials
A Nashville doctor is being credited for alerting health officials about a rare case of meningitis that has affected Tennessee and five other states.
The problem first stemmed from Saint Thomas Outpatient Neurosurgery Center, an outpatient surgical center/pain management clinic in Nashville.
The impacted patients include those ages 49 to 89 and now includes a clinic in Oak Ridge, TN, called PCA Pain Care Center.
The incubation period for this condition is two to 28 days, meaning some people who could be impacted may not yet be showing symptoms.
The state is now concerned about patients who received epidural injections as far back as July 1. Saint Thomas is now notifying patients who got injections back to that date. However, none of the new cases identified Wednesday are within that new window.
Health officials said Wednesday they are expanding the timeline of concern to ensure it doesn't miss any cases, but they don't have any reason to believe there are more.
Patients of Saint Thomas Outpatient Neurosurgery Center who had lumbar epidural steroid injections between July 30 and Sept. 20 may have contracted a fungal meningitis.
The facility was closed Sept. 20, and all 700 patients who received those injections have been notified, officials said.
Fungal meningitis can be especially difficult to diagnose, and worse yet it can be tough to treat.
"Since this is all quite new, it is difficult to predict how successful the treatment will be," said Dr. William Schaffner, with Vanderbilt University Medical Center. "It's not an easy infection to treat. It's new. Fungal infections, traditionally, are not so easy to treat."
"Early identification is very important. And we believe the earlier the people are identified and treatment begins, the better outcome they're likely to have," Dreyzehner said.
The mere mention of an epidural may have some wondering if pregnant women and new mothers should be worried, but experts said not at all.
"There is no risk to anyone who did not have an epidural steroid injection," Schaffner said. "This is not, for example, a risk for pregnant women who are getting epidural injections during labor and delivery."
The Saint Thomas clinic voluntarily shut down and will not reopen until the Tennessee Department of Health and CDC are confident the problems have been resolved.
If you have any questions or concerns, call the state health hotline at 1-800-222-1222.
Copyright WSMV 2012 (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Thursday, May 23 2013 10:17 PM EDT2013-05-24 02:17:47 GMT
Heads are starting to roll at the IRS. A day after pleading the 5th and refusing to testify before Congress, Lois Lerner, the IRS Director of Tax Exempt Organizations was placed on administrative leaveFull Story >
A day after pleading the 5th and refusing to testify before Congress, Lois Lerner, the IRS Director of Tax Exempt Organizations was placed on administrative leave Thursday. We have learned more about Lois Lerner's connections to Cindy Thomas, the highest ranking Cincinnati employee in this IRS division.Full Story >
Friday, May 24 2013 9:13 AM EDT2013-05-24 13:13:57 GMT
A man was found shot to death in Over-the-Rhine overnight. It was just before 3A-M when Cincinnati dispatch received a call about a man bleeding from the head near the intersection of Goose Alley andFull Story >
Cincinnati police have released the name of a man who was shot and killed early Friday morning in OTR. Full Story >
Tuesday, May 21 2013 10:31 PM EDT2013-05-22 02:31:55 GMT
The claim that the ongoing IRS scandal is limited to low level employees is falling apart. The six Cincinnati workers we have identified, who sent scrutinizing letters to conservative groups with wordsFull Story >
The claim that the ongoing IRS scandal is limited to low level employees is falling apart. Full Story >
Friday, May 17 2013 7:16 PM EDT2013-05-17 23:16:53 GMT
One person has died in a crash near Harrisonville, MO, Thursday evening. The crash happened on Missouri Highway 7 and Walker Road. It involved a car and a tractor-trailer. Harrisonville is in Cass County.Full Story >
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Friday, May 24 2013 6:32 AM EDT2013-05-24 10:32:47 GMT
Cincinnati police are looking for a pickup that hit a police cruiser in Avondale. It happened just before 4:00 Friday morning. Police say the truck hit the cruiser, an unmarked SUV, at Reading and Victory. ThereFull Story >
Cincinnati police are looking for a pickup that hit a police cruiser in Avondale.Full Story >
Friday, May 24 2013 9:20 AM EDT2013-05-24 13:20:42 GMT
An Ohio police officer and his wife face aggravated child neglect charges after their young children were left unsupervised in a truck outside a Panama City Beach bar. Bay County Jail officials say 35-year-oldFull Story >
An Ohio police officer and his wife face aggravated child neglect charges after their young children were left unsupervised in a truck outside a Panama City Beach bar.Full Story >