Minnesota Records 10th Fungal Meningitis Case
by Associated Press
October 30, 2012 9:24 AM
Minnesota has confirmed its 10th case of fungal meningitis as part of a national outbreak tied to tainted steroids from a Massachusetts pharmacy.
Health Department spokesman Buddy Ferguson says the patient is a woman in her 60s. He did not have further details about her. But he says it's still possible that the state's total will grow.
The department has said around 985 patients associated with six Minnesota clinics received injectable steroids linked to the fungal meningitis outbreak that were produced by the New England Compounding Center. Some 111 Minnesota clinics in all have received drugs from the facility.
Nationally, the tainted steroids have been linked to more than 350 illnesses and 25 deaths in 19 states.