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Meningitis outbreak leads to death of 1 Kentuckian

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The deadly meningitis outbreak has now hit nine states, including Indiana and Kentucky.

There are now 11 cases of the fungal meningitis linked to a tainted back pain medication.

Indiana State Health Officials say that number is up, but there have been no Hoosier deaths.

The outbreak has spread to at least 150 people in nine states. Officials say this disease is not contagious.

The eighth death has been reported in Tennessee. 

Health officials do say that one Kentucky resident has died from fungal meningitis after receiving medical care in Tennessee.

The state Public Health Department says it can't provide any details about the death.

The agency said Monday it's been notified that five Kentucky residents came down with the rare form of meningitis after receiving medical attention in Tennessee.

It says these cases match the pattern of an outbreak linked to injections of steroids distributed by a Massachusetts pharmacy.

The health agency says none of the implicated lots is known to have been distributed in Kentucky.

It recommends people contact a health care provider if they have received epidural steroid injections since May 21 and have symptoms such as worsening headache, fever, stiff neck, new weakness or numbness or slurred speech.

If you were given one of these shots, the hospital or clinic where you got it will be in touch with you. Officials at St. Mary's in Evansville say they have tested 72 of 560 patients who received the tainted injections, and so far, no one has tested positive.

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