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Bay County health officials are reporting an additional human case of the West Nile Virus. They’re urging residents to remain diligent in protecting themselves from mosquitoes.

411 Teen: Lawson's Run Update

Sep 26, 2013

Join host Dr. Liz Holifield for "411 Teen", a locally produced program created with teen input for a teenage audience. Guests provide insights into topics that concern adolescents.  This week,  Dr. Liz speaks to Cathy Mayfield, mother of Lawson Mayfield, who passed away due to meningitis.  Also on the program is Dr. Tameka Funny, infectious disease specialist.  To honor Lawson's memory and to raise money for meningitis research, the 3rd annual Run For Lawson on September 28th.

Florida Health officials are awaiting the test results from a Bay County woman suspected of having meningitis. If confirmed, she would be the first reported case of the year for the area.

So far, this year there have been no reported cases of meningitis in Bay County. But, the County’s Health Department’s Laura McKinney says a suspected case was reported to her department Monday.

The Florida Department of Health has found an additional case of fungal meningitis linked to the national outbreak that stems from contaminated steroid injections from the Massachusetts-based pharmacy called the New England Compounding Center. Florida Surgeon General Dr. John Armstrong says the state’s newest case now brings the total in Florida to 25 cases.

“A 73-year-old man in Marion County. He received his injection July 25th, and it appears the incubation period extended and beyond 90 days,” said Armstrong.

The number of Floridians who’ve contracted the fungal meningitis associated with a contaminated steroid shot has risen to 12, including two deaths. Lynn Hatter reports, two new cases were reported from pain clinics in Marion and Escambia Counties.

The Florida Department of Health says it’s identified almost all of the more than 1000 people who received tainted steroids from a Massachusetts pharmacy company. State Surgeon General John Armstrong says a recall of the drugs has expanded to include other medications from the New England Compounding Center.