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Ways to find if you are at risk of fungal meningitis

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

Officials say the fungal meningitis infection has now sickened more than 300 people and killed 24 in 17 states.

None of those cases reported have been in the Richmond area. However, concerns have been raised, because several hospitals in the area use medicines that were bought from the New England Compounding Center, which is the pharmacy under investigation in the outbreak.

If you are at risk, you should have already received some type of notification from your hospital. The risk in Richmond is low. Fatigue, fever, and headache are some of the symptoms. Also, this is not transmitted from person to person.

The current outbreak is associated with a potentially contaminated medication that is injected into the body.

If you have any more questions, feel free to call our Call 12 line.

The folks withHCA will be in our Call 12 Center Thursday afternoon to take your questions about meningitis.

That number is 345-1212. The lines open 5:00 p.m. 

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