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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

Alabama Department of Public Health Officer Dr. Donald Williamson says Alabama has two potential links to the nationwide meningitis outbreak.

He says 13 Alabama residents were injected with the first batch of recalled medicine that's been associated with the outbreak. Six were injected in Tennessee; seven were injected in Florida.

Dr. Williamson says if it turns out those patients have meningitis, those cases would be included in the Tennessee and Florida numbers.

In our part of the state, those facilities include: Andalusia Regional hospital,  Lanier Health Services in Valley, Medical Center Enterprise and Southeast Eye Clinic in Dothan.    

"Now what's happening is we are going to expand that and as data is available, we will begin contacting or physicians will begin contacting patients who may have been exposed to any NEC product used as either an injectable or used as a cardio pelagic solution during surgery," Dr. Williamson said.

Now two new products have been associated with growing the fungus and has prompted all NECC products to be recalled.

"[We will] try to identify, as soon as it's made available to us, where those products were used. We're going to be working with physicians to make sure patients gets follow-up and then we will do whatever is necessary at that point to try to quantify the magnitude of this problem," Dr. Williamson said.

Health officials are continuing to investigate this outbreak. Dr. Williamson says staff should be able to tell us tomorrow what part of the state the 13 patients live.

Doctors say it can take four to five weeks for symptoms to appear so it's important to make a note of symptoms like a headache, fever, nausea and stiffness of the neck.

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