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Meningitis investigation extended to Arkansas

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The Arkansas Department of Health says some products manufactured by a Massachusetts company whose steroid products are linked to a meningitis outbreak were shipped to Arkansas.

State epidemiologist Dr. Nate Smith says no illnesses have been reported in the state in connection with the products from the New England Compounding Center.

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The state says it's contacting hospitals and medical centers in the state to make sure they don't use any of the products currently under investigation.

Across the state in Tennessee, the number of Volunteers sickened by the rate fungal infection is now at 63.

According to the Tennessee Health Department, that's an increase of 2 from Wednesday.

Officials say eight people in Tennessee have died from the disease.

On Monday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced it was investigating several other medications produced by the Massachusetts pharmacy that made the suspect steroid.

The Tennessee Health Department said Wednesday that 74 health care facilities here have received shipments of those medications.

Health officials in Tennessee are currently identifying patients who might have received the newly suspect medicines and should begin to contact them early next week.

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