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MTMC doctor addresses concerns in wake of meningitis outbreak

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Patients at a pain clinic at Middle Tennessee Medical Center in Murfreesboro are concerned about the recent meningitis outbreak that's sweeping across the country and are wondering if they could come down with the virus. A doctor from the hospital took to talk radio to dispel rumors and to assure patients they have nothing to worry about.

On WGNS radio action line program this morning, the topic of discussion was the meningitis outbreak.

"Certainly the families who have had a death it's very tragic," said Dr. Andy Brown, MTMC vice president of patient affairs.

Brown took to the airwaves trying to ease the minds of patients.

"That's an uncommon, almost unheard of type of infection," Brown said. "If you are not in that population, you have no reason to be alarmed."

A number of patients in Rutherford County received epidural steroid injections at the MTMC surgery center.

Since the news broke about the meningitis scare, some patients at the Murfreesboro hospital have been concerned, even fearful.

"Every time I had a headache, that's when I started worrying," said patient Lee Ann Walker.

Walker had three injections at the surgery center. She said knowing that MTMC is part of the St. Thomas Healthcare family, it frightened her even more. St. Thomas Hospital's outpatient neurosurgeon clinic shut down after several patients contracted a strain of fungal meningitis between July 30 and Sept. 20.

"I know many people who were sent from here to St. Thomas, I just thought maybe they all use the same provider (for medication)," Walker said.

Brown said patients are also concerned that compounding center in Massachusetts, where the source of the tainted pain medication is believed to have been mixed, may have shipped other medications as well. Many are wondering if any of it made it to Tennessee and if it could be contaminated too.

"I want the residents of Murfreesboro to know that Middle Tennessee Medical Center has not received any medications of any type from this compounding center."

Brown also said Rutherford County residents have nothing to worry about unless they received one of the steroid injections from the three Tennessee pain clinics - in Nashville, Oak Ridge and Crossville - where the tainted vials were administered.

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