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Fifth Case of Fungal Meningitis Reported in Minnesota

The MN Department of Health hasn't said where the five infected patients live, but the clinics where more than 800 people in MN got tainted steroid shots are in Fridley, Edina, Maple Grove and Shakopee.

Minnesota has its fifth case of fungal meningitis, the Minnesota Department of Health announced Monday morning.

The new case is a woman in her 20s, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press. That makes her the youngest person to get the infection in the state so far.

On Oct. 13, the agency said a woman in her 70s was the latest to come down with fungal meningitis, which is not spread person-to-person.

Minnesota's first three patients to get the infection were all women in their 40s, the MDH said, and two were well enough to leave the hospital last week.

Barbara Puro, a woman who received tainted shots from a pain clinic in Shakopee, is seeking damages in federal court.

No one in Minnesota has died in the outbreak tied to contaminated steroids produced in Massachusetts, but the infection has stricken more than 200 people and killed 15 in 14 states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Minnesota is home to the first lawsuit in the United States file in connection to the outbreak, according to media reports. A resident of Savage, MN who underwent a spinal tap sued the New England Compounding Center after she underwent a spinal tap to test for the infection.

These are the two providers in Minnesota that provided the tainted steroids and the locations of their six clinics, according to the Minnesota Department of Health:

linda October 16, 2012 at 06:17 AM
I am not a believer of suing, but in this case I am as the drug companies are trying to cut costs at the risk of people's lives, and the government allows this through less stringent guidelines.

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