Health & Medicine

Meningitis death raises Tenn. toll to 15

NASHVILLE — A southern Kentucky woman has died at a Nashville hospital of complications from fungal meningitis.

Saint Thomas Hospital spokeswoman Rebecca Climer told The Tennessean that Carol Wetton, 71, of Guthrie died Tuesday.

Tainted injections were found several months ago. The first Nashville death from infections following steroidal injections was that of Kentucky Circuit Judge Eddie C. Lovelace of Albany, who died Sept. 17.

The latest case count by the Centers for Disease Control shows 53 deaths among 733 documented cases in 20 states nationwide. Climer's was the 15th death in Tennessee.

The outbreak was traced to injections produced by Massachusetts-based New England Compounding Center.