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Doctors warn of new infection in fungal meningitis outbreak

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

Just when patients thought they were out of the woods, health officials are now warning of a different health problem connected with the fungal meningitis outbreak.

Dozens of patients in Tennessee have come down with a new type of infection at the site where they were given shots of tainted drugs. Now, the health department is notifying hundreds of patients that they may be at risk.

Local attorney Randy Kinnard represents 26 patients who have become very sick with fungal meningitis as well as the families who have lost loved ones to the disease. If that wasn't enough, now he has two clients who have developed a new infection after getting a tainted steroid epidural from the now shut down New England Compounding Center.

Vanderbilt's infectious disease expert, Dr. William Schaffner, has been helping Tennessee health officials try to get a handle on the outbreak. He says the new complication is causing a dangerous abscess at the injection site.

While 49 Tennesseans have come down with this new infection after they got one of those tainted steroid shots, health officials say they are seeing the most cases right now in Michigan. The good news is this new complication is not as serious as meningitis.

Doctors say if you got one of those shots from NECC you need to watch out for new or increasing back pain, loss of feeling in the buttocks, constipation, loss of bladder or bowel control as well as urinary retention. If you have any of those symptoms call your doctor.

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