Minnesota Fungal Meningitis Cases Rise to 10

By KBJR News 1

Minnesota Fungal Meningitis Cases Rise to 10

October 30, 2012 Updated Oct 30, 2012 at 9:49 AM CDT

The fungal meningitis cases in the state of Minnesota, linked to tainted steroids, have risen to 10 people.

There have not been any deaths reported in the state due to the meningitis outbreak.

Nationwide, there have been a total of 354 meningitis cases and 25 deaths.

Since Oct. 4, state health departments, the CDC and the FDA have been investigating a multistate outbreak of fungal infections among patients who received a steroid injection with a potentially contaminated product.

The steroid injections were manufactured at the New England Compounding Center - which has since suspended operations.

Health officials were contacting clinics to urge them to get a hold of patients who received other NECC drugs that were possibly associated with fungal infections.

Officials say 129 clinics received the products.

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