Minnesota steroid patients report possible fungal meningitis symptoms

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The Minnesota Department of Health is continuing to call hundreds of Minnesotans who were possibly given contaminated steroid injections, reported Fox 9 News Monday.

Over 830 patients have been notified by the health department after receiving steroid injections at two medical clinics in the Twin Cities, Medical Advanced Pain Specialists and the Minnesota Surgery Center, that were possibly infected with fungal meningitis, reported the Star Tribune.

According to state health officials, hundreds of Minnesotans have reported symptoms of meningitis or stroke, like headache, fever, chills, stiff neck, weakness and slurred speech, reported the Star Tribune. State health officials said three women are being treated for meningitis symptoms, reported Fox 9 News, but no deaths in Minnesota have been reported.

There have been eight deaths nationwide linked to steroid products made by the New England Compounding Center in Massachusetts, reported the Star Tribune. The pharmacy closed and issued a recall of its products, but is it believed that 17,000 contaminated steroid injections were shipped, according to Fox 9 News.


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