Fungal Meningitis Cases in Minnesota Reaches Eleven

By KBJR News 1

Fungal Meningitis Cases in Minnesota Reaches Eleven

November 6, 2012 Updated Nov 6, 2012 at 11:23 AM CST

St. Paul, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- The number of confirmed fungal meningitis cases in Minnesota has increased to 11 with over 400 cases confirmed across the nation.

30 people in multiple states have died due to the meningitis outbreak, however no deaths have been reported in Minnesota.

The Centers for Disease Control reports that there are 419 confirmed cases in the multi-state outbreak.

The outbreak stems from contaminated recalled steroid medication from the New England Compounding Center (NECC). 129 clinics across the country received the contaminated products.

Health officials are also warning patients of a second illness that has popped up due to the meningitis outbreak.

Now some patients have come down with a second problem, an epidural abscess. It's an infection near the injection site, sometimes underneath the skin and extremely painful.

Doctors are concerned because some of the cases popped up as the patients were already being treated with powerful anti-fungal drugs.

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