A longtime circuit judge from Southern Kentucky might have been the first victim of a fungal meningitis outbreak that has killed five people and sickened dozens of others in several states. The judge, Eddie C. Lovelace, of Albany, died Sept. 17 at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville. He was 78. The Tennessean reported Friday that unnamed hospital spokespeople had confirmed the first reported casualty of the meningitis outbreak was a 78-year-old man who died Sept. 17 at the facility. Jennifer Wetzel, a spokeswoman for the hospital, said later Friday that the facility does not confirm causes of death of people who die there. However, Lovelace's widow, Joyce Lovelace, told the Herald-Leader that Lovelace had been treated at a Nashville clinic that has been implicated in the outbreak.
Kentucky Circuit Judge Died of Fungal Meningitis
By Bill Estep, Lexington Herald-Leader • Oct 7, 2012