Thursday, October 25, 2012
The new patient is a male in his 60s. The infection has been traced to steroids produced in Massachusetts and used at clinics in Fridley, Edina, Shakopee and Maple Grove.
A Minnesota man in his 60s has come down with the state's eighth case of fungal meningitis, the Minnesota Department of Health announced Thursday afternoon. Federal agencies have linked the rare infection to steroids produced at a now-closed compounding pharmacy in Massachusetts and used at six clinics in Minnesota: The outbreak is now in 18 states and has killed 24 people. Minnesota is one of 11 states where people have come down with the infection but no one has died. Fungal meningitis is different from the more common bacterial and viral forms of meningitis and is not spread person-to-person. More:
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Now infected are another woman in her 40s and the state's first male, in his 50s, to get the infection. Both received steroids for back pain at Twin Cities clinics.
Follow Burnsville Patch on Twitter | Like us on Facebook | Sign up for our daily newsletter| Blog for us Updated (with latest national tally of fatalities): Two more people in Minnesota now have fungal meningitis amidst an outbreak that has killed 19 people in the United States. The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) reported the state's sixth and seventh cases of the rare infection Wednesday morning. The first five patients in Minnesota were women ranging in age from their 20s to their 70s. The new cases were another woman in her 40s and a man in his 50s, the Star Tribune reported. No one in Minnesota has died. Fungal meningitis is distinct from viral or bacterial meningitis and is not spread person-to-person. The Centers for Disease …
Monday, October 15, 2012
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 …
Sunday, October 14, 2012
The MN Department of Health said she is a woman in her 70s. The outbreak tied to tainted steroids used at clinics in in Fridley, Shakopee, Maple Grove and Edina has killed 15 in other states.
A fourth person in Minnesota has fungal meningitis, the state Health Department announced Saturday. She is a woman in her 70s, in a hospital and receiving treatment, according to Doug Schultz, MDH spokesperson, who said the MDH isn't releasing more information about her. The infection manifests itself with fever, stiff neck, headache, nausea and vomiting, mental disorientation and photophobia (increased sensitivity to light)—symptoms that are typical of many conditions and illnesses, which makes diagnosis a challenge. "Every case is different," Schultz said. "Many tend to be fairly complicated," he added, because the four were being treated for pain for other medical reasons besides fungal meningitis infection, which he called "so rare." …
Monday, October 8, 2012
Officials still trying to reach about 100 who got steroid shots at clinics in Shakopee, Edina, Maple Grove and Fridley.
Minnesota officials are still trying to reach about 100 people who received steroid shots tied to a multi-state outbreak of fungal meningitis that has killed 8 people and infected 105 others in nine states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Minnesota Department of Health staff worked through the weekend to call by phone 831 people who got steroid treatment at six clinics located in Edina, Maple Grove, Fridley and Shakopee. Three Minnesotans Infected So far, three Minnesota women have been hospitalized with the infection but are doing well, according to MDH spokesperson Buddy Ferguson. The MDH said all three are in their 40s but hasn't said more about them or where they got the infection. A 39-year-old …