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Published October 08, 2012, 02:58 PM

Altru Patients Not at Risk in Recent Steroid-Related Meningitis Outbreak, Says Official

Patients who've received injections to relieve back pain at Altru Health System are not at any risk of getting meningitis from steroids used in the injections, said Dr. Eric Lunn, chief medical executive at Altru Heath System in Grand Forks.

By: Pamela Knudson, Grand Forks Herald

Patients who've received injections to relieve back pain at Altru Health System are not at any risk of getting meningitis from steroids used in the injections, said Dr. Eric Lunn, chief medical executive at Altru Heath System in Grand Forks.

Patients in several states, including Minnesota, have contracted meningitis after receiving shots of a contaminated steroid supplied by a Massachusetts company.

Altru does not receive steroid medication from that company, he said.

Minnesota is the closest state to North Dakota to report patients who've come down with meningitis linked to this Massachusetts source.

Altru is receiving numerous calls from worried patients who've received steroid injections for back pain at Altru, he said. People with concerns can call 701-780-2464.

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