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Published October 05, 2012, 09:17 PM

Meningitis Outbreak Prompts Evaluation of 25 People in Minnesota

A meningitis outbreak across seven states has been linked to five deaths and nearly 50 illnesses and now 25 people in Minnesota are being evaluated for possible meningitis symptoms.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY TV

A meningitis outbreak across seven states has been linked to five deaths and nearly 50 illnesses and now 25 people in Minnesota are being evaluated for possible meningitis symptoms.

The outbreak stems from health care groups that used a certain contaminated steroid injection to treat back pain. The drugs were prepared by the New England Compounding Center in Massachusetts. The center is closed for the investigation and the steroids are recalled. Both Medical Advanced Pain Specialists and the Minnesota Surgery Center in the Twin Cities area have been linked to the outbreak. Potential cases could go back as far as July. Fungal Meningitis symptoms include headache, fever, a stiff neck, sensitivity to light and pain at the injection sight. No Minnesota cases have been identified yet. The fungal form of Meningitis is not contagious.

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