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OUR HEALTH: Local Healthcare Organizations Work Together to Address Meningitis Outbreak
In early September, an alert healthcare worker in Tennessee discovered that her ill patient had fungus in their spinal fluid. Within a matter of days, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) were involved, and an unprecedented public health crisis began sweeping the nation and dominating media headlines. Patients were becoming sick with fungal meningitis, an uncommon infection, people were dying, and authorities were racing against the clock to discover the outbreak’s cause and prevent additional infections and deaths.
January 11, 2013