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Tuesday, October 9, 2012 - 7:41am

State Senator Hospitalized With Meningitis

State Senator John Bulloch of Ochlocknee is improving after being admitted last week to Archbold Hospital in Thomasville. He is suffering from meningitis, and is currently in the intensive care unit.

The 65 year-old republican state senator is a farmer. Bulloch is chair of the Senate Agriculture and Consumer Affairs committee. He is vice-chair of the Senate committee on Natural Resources and the Environment. He also serves as a member of Appropriations committee and the Rules committee, and is an Ex-Officio member of the Banking and Financial Institutions committee.

Bulloch was sworn into the Georgia House in 1999. In 2003 he was first elected to the state Senate. He is currently running unopposed for his seat in Senate District 11.

The State Senate Press office says Bulloch's case is not connected to the fungal meningitis scare.

Health officials say as many as 13,000 people received steroid shots suspected in a national meningitis outbreak, but it's not clear how many are in danger.

Officials aren't sure how many of the shots -- from a specialty pharmacy in Massachusetts -- may have been contaminated. And the number includes not only those who got them in the back for pain, but also those who got the shots in other places, like knees and shoulders. Those who received back injections are most susceptible.

The number of people sickened by a deadly meningitis outbreak has now reached 119 cases, including 11 deaths.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated the count on Tuesday.

New Jersey is the 10th state to report at least one illness. The other states involved in the outbreak are Tennessee, Michigan, Virginia, Indiana, Florida, Maryland, Minnesota, North Carolina and Ohio.

Three lots of the recalled steroid were received by the Forsyth Street Ambulatory Center in Macon. That was the only facility in Georgia that received the suspected medication.

State health officials say 186 patients received shots in Georgia. So far there are no confirmed cases of fungal meningitis here. 6 of those patients initially complained of headaches. But 5 have since been cleared by their physicians. The other patient was sent for more testing.


Associated Press

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