Greatest Risk For Meningitis Patients Should Pass In 15 Days
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Department of Health said the "light at the end of the tunnel" was in sight for those at greatest risk in the recent outbreak of a rare form of fungal meningitis.
The majority of Tennesseans who were exposed to tainted back pain medical from a Massachusetts pharmaceutical compounding company.
Commissioner John Dreyzehner made the announcement at a press briefing Wednesday.
Officials said they have determined patients would no longer be at risk of stroke or death 42 days after being dosed with the contaminated medication.
Dreyzehner warned patients could still become ill, but the greatest risk for serious problems should pass by November 8 for all Tennesseans exposed – 42 days after the latest medications were administered.
Of the 1,009 people exposed, all but around 250 patients had already passed the 42-day time period.
A toll-free phone number has been set up by the Department of Mental Health to help exposed patients cope. They should call 188-CRISIS-1 (1-888-274-7471).
Inquiries for general information about meningitis or exposure should be directed to Poison Control at 1-800-222-1222.
Nine people have died from the rare form of meningitis. Officials said 70 people continued to be sick.
Those who remain at risk have been urged to watch for symptoms and consult with their physician if they become concerned.