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Call for Cases: Meningitis Following Epidural Injections -- Tennessee, 2012

Monday, October 1, 2012  
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The CDC has approached ISIS for help in facilitating their efforts to identify additional cases in their investigation of an outbreak of meningitis cases following epidural steroid injections at an ambulatory surgery center in Tennessee. The state health department recently posted an Epidemic Information Exchange (Epi-X) to assist with case identification.  The Epi-X is being disseminated through various channels, but because these infections are occurring in patients following epidural steroid injections, the CDC has approached ISIS for assistance in contacting other professional societies representing physicians who perform epidural steroid injections, to assist in disseminating this information.  The goals of this notice are two-fold: identifying other cases  and advancing knowledge of signs/treatment associated with this illness. Although the outbreak has been linked to an ASC, the CDC has told ISIS that the exact source of this cluster is still not definitively known, and reports of any similar infections elsewhere may assist them in identifying the source.

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