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Meningitis Outbreak: One Year Later

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by Chris Conte

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Exactly a year has passed since a nationwide fungal meningitis outbreak sickened hundreds and killed 16 Tennesseans.

"It's still hard, still fresh to realize that she's not with us anymore," said Diana Cottrell who lost her mother Carol Wetton to fungal meningitis earlier this year.

Carol Wetton was one of 153 Tennesseans who became sickened with fungal meningitis after receiving tainted steroid shots that investigators say came from the New England Compounding Center in Massachusetts.

"New England Compounding Center, St. Thomas hospital, all the doctors or the people that accepted the drugs and they bought them at a cheaper price, was that fair? Is it worth a life to buy medicine at a cheaper price? That just doesn't sound right," said Carol's son Steve.

With the federal government shutdown, officials said regulators from the CDC who oversee compounding facilities are currently not on the job.

"It shows why we need our government there in many aspects of our lives," says Dr. William Schaffner with Vanderbilt University's Medical Center.

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