A meningitis scare; breast cancer awareness month commences around the world; medical professionals are called to Capitol Hill to testify on the Romney-Ryan budget regarding the future of Medicare; the government closes their books with a $1.1 trillion deficit for the year and the presidential debate. This and more is this week’s Week in Pictures. 

A sign marks an entrance to Saint Thomas Hospital medical campus in Nashville, Tenn., on Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012. An outbreak of a rare and deadly form of meningitis that has sickened more than two dozen people was first detected among patients treated at the Saint Thomas Outpatient Neurosurgery Center in the complex. (AP Photo/Erik Schelzig)

People walk in front of the Cathedral of Brasilia which is illuminated in pink to commemorate breast cancer awareness month in Brasilia, Brazil, Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

Ben Williamowsky of Silver Spring, Md., a retired dentist, appears with a panel of Medicare advocates testifying before the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012, as they meet to discuss the potential impact of a Romney-Ryan budget on the future of Medicare. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

In this Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012, photo, job hunter Bessie Soley, of Locust Grove, Ga., files out an application at the National Job Fair in Atlanta. The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits rose to a seasonally adjusted 367,000, a level consistent with only modest hiring on Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2012. The Labor Department says applications increased last week by 4,000 from the previous week’s level of 363,000. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

In this July 25, 2012, file photo Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner leaves the Rayburn Building on Capitol Hill after testifying for two and one half hours before the House Financial Services Committee, where he warned that Europe’s debt crisis and the looming U.S. budget crisis could weaken an already-fragile U.S. economy. As the government closes the books Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012, with a $1.1 trillion deficit for the year, which required borrowing 32 cents for every dollar it spent, budget analysts have little confidence in either President Barack Obama’s or Mitt Romney’s plan to address the accumulating debt, now at about $16 trillion. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney talk at the end of the first presidential debate in Denver, Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)