The discovery of new fungal meningitis infections has slowed down considerably here in Tennessee, where the disease was first identified. An end to the outbreak is in sight, according to the state’s top doctors.
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The outbreak of fungal meningitis continues to widen from its epicenter in Tennessee, with a dozen deaths nationwide. At-risk patients who’ve gotten tested are finding some relief in negative results.
By the end of this week, the Centers for Disease Control says 35 states will open H1N1 vaccines to everyone. Tennessee was one of the first, opening doses to the general public last week.
Brentwood-based Diatherix has begun offering a private test for the swine flu virus. For $250, often covered by a patient’s insurance, hospitals can get confirmation of swine flu in just six hours.
State health officials say the number of confirmed swine flu cases will likely jump in the coming days.
Tennessee health officials announced the state’s first probable instance of swine flu is now its first confirmed case of the virs.
Next week, Tennessee will become one of the first states able to officially confirm cases of swine flu instead of sending tests to the Centers for Disease Control.