Three Meningitis Cases Confirmed in Minnesota; Outbreak Continues to Spread

By KBJR News 1

Three Meningitis Cases Confirmed in Minnesota; Outbreak Continues to Spread

October 8, 2012 Updated Oct 8, 2012 at 1:22 PM CDT

St. Paul, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- Minnesota health officials confirm that three people have been infected with spinal meningitis as the outbreak continues to spread across the nation.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the number of cases nationwide has risen to 105 and the number of deaths related to the meningitis outbreak have increased to 8.

The meningitis outbreak has reached nine states including, Florida, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee and Virginia.

The CDC is coordinating a multistate investigation of meningitis among patients who received epidural steroid injections (medication injected into the spine to relieve back pain).

Several of these patients have had strokes related to the meningitis.

In several patients, the meningitis was found to be caused by a fungus that is common in the environment but rarely causes meningitis.

This form of meningitis is not contagious.

The New England Compounding Center has voluntarily recalled all their products that were compounded at and distributed from its facility in Framingham, Massachusetts, where the contaminated steroids originated.

Over 17,000 vials that were distributed to 23 states from the Massachusetts facility were part of the original recall in September.

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