Three lawsuits representing 34 plaintiffs in Kentucky and Tennessee were filed today in U.S. District Court, Middle District of Tennessee, against the manufacturers, distributors and prescribers of epidural steroid injections tainted with fungus that can cause meningitis.

The Bowling Green law firm English, Lucas, Priest and Owsley is representing some of the patients in the suits.

All of the patients were originally seen at Howell Allen, a medical practice in Nashville. The patients were prescribed an epidural steroid injection to treat back-related issues. The shots were manufactured by New England Compounding Co., which has since filed bankruptcy.

Four of the patients represented by ELPO attorneys Bob Young and Kyle Roby have been diagnosed with fungal meningitis and receive ongoing treatment for it, according to a news release from the law firm. There is no cure for the disease. Others have not been diagnosed, but could develop fungal meningitis at any point in their lives. Fungal meningitis can remain dormant in the body for years but can develop into a potentially deadly condition.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this month indicated that a total of 750 patients have developed issues because of the tainted injection, including 233 with meningitis. There have been 64 deaths.

— Look for more in Wednesday's edition of the Daily News and at bgdailynews.com.

— Robyn L. Minor covers business, environment, transportation and other issues. Follow her on Twitter at twitter.com/bowserminor or visit bgdailynews.com.

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