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Health officials investigate meningitis cluster

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Tennessee Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are investigating a cluster of meningitis cases that has left two patients dead in Nashville.

According to the Health Department, 11 patients who had lumbar epidural steroid injections at Nashville's Saint Thomas Outpatient Neurosurgery Center came down with the disease.

CDC spokesman Curtis Allen said there is a case in North Carolina where a patient received the same type of injection.

Allen said the type of meningitis is fungal and is not transmitted from person to person. The cause for the cluster is not yet known.

All Nashville patients who received the injections between July 30 and Sept. 20 of this year have been notified. The facility has temporarily closed.

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