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Update: Latest Local Information on Meningitis Outbreak

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Update: 2:00 p.m.:

Roanoke, VA- The Virginia Department of Health is not officially linking the death of Douglas Wingate at LewisGale Hospital in Salem to the meningitis death reported by the state.

But, Dr. David Trump says the death they are investigating took place in mid-September. He says the patient was hospitalized after receiving an epidural steroid injection, and subsequently died.

Dr. Trump also said the State Department will not release any names of hospitals where patients officially linked to the outbreak are being treated.

Dr. Trump also said there was a similar meningitis outbreak in 2002 linked to fungus-tainted drugs used for epidural steroid injections. That drug also came from a drug compounding center.

We'll have much more on this on ABC 13 News at 6:00.

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Update: 1:00 p.m.:

Roanoke, VA – The Virginia Department of Health has released new information about the meningitis outbreak in Virginia.

They say two clinics in Virginia had the contaminated drug. Those are the New River Valley Surgery Center in Christiansburg and Insight Imaging in Roanoke.

The health department says a total of 700 people were potentially exposed to the contaminated drug. There are 79 potential meningitis cases reported in Virginia right now. Ten people have been admitted at LewisGale Medical Center in Salem and ten at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital. One person has died in Virginia from fungal meningitis.

We'll have much more on this on ABC 13 News at 6:00.

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Roanoke, VA – We're learning more Friday about the meningitis outbreak that has been blamed for several deaths across the country.

LewisGale Medical Center and the Health Department are holding a press conference at 12:15 p.m. to discuss the latest.

We have a crew at the press conference and will bring you more as soon as we get it.

The family of Douglas Wingate has confirmed to ABC 13 that he passed away at LewisGale on September 18th. They suspect that it was fungal meningitis, but that has not been proven yet.

Right now Lynchburg General confirms they are treating one person for fungal meningitis - however at this point results are not back to indicate that it is indeed fungal.

Also, the Virginia Department of Health has released the name of the other outpatient facility that used the tainted drug in epidural steroid injections.  The New River Valley Surgery Center in Christiansburg has contacted less than 30 patients who may have been affected by the drug. Insight Imaging in Roanoke has contacted more than 600 patients.

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