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Two Chattanoogans hit by meningitis outbreak

CHATTANOOGA, TN (Times Free Press) -

Two Chattanooga health care providers are among dozens of hospitals and clinics served subpoenas this week in connection with a federal lawsuit against the drug manufacturer at the root of last year's devastating meningitis outbreak.

Erlanger Health Care System and Chattanooga Neurosurgery and Spine each were issued subpoenas Monday, as lawyers said that two patients -- one treated at each facility -- became sick from fungus-infested drugs that originated from the New England Compounding Center.

The subpoenas are the first public documentation linking Chattanooga-area patients to the drug-contamination crisis that sickened hundreds across the country.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that more than 700 patients nationwide have confirmed illnesses related to tainted NECC product, and more than 240 have confirmed cases of meningitis.

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