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Meningitis outbreak raises concern

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

A meningitis outbreak is centered on an outpatient facility in Nashville, Tennessee.

Experts say hundreds of patients across the country may have been exposed -- and now may be in danger.

Hundreds of people may have been given a steroid injection contaminated with a deadly fungus called aspergillos.

It appears that fungus has lead to an outbreak of a rare form of meningitis among patients at an outpatient neuro-surgery facility in Tennessee.

What investigators do know -- is that the contaminated steroid came from a compounding pharmacy in the northeastern part of the U-S... And was sent to a number of pain clinics in 23 states across the country.

Infectious disease experts say the scope of the problem is wide.

The symptoms include severe headaches, nausea, stiff necks.. Slurred speech... Even strokes.

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