Fifth fungal meningitis case confirmed in Minnesota

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The Minnesota Department of Health confirmed a fifth case of fungal meningitis in Minnesota linked to tainted steroids on Monday, reports WCCO news.

Department spokesperson Doug Schultz said the fifth patient is a Minnesota woman in her twenties, reports the Star Tribune. She is the youngest patient to be diagnosed in Minnesota, with three other patients in their 40s and one in her 70s.

Health officials say that more than 800 Minnesotans may have been exposed to the disease through a tainted steroid, reports Kare 11.

The suspect steroid, methylprednisolone acetate, was administered via spinal injection at two Minnesota clinics, according to the Star Tribune.

The New England Compounding Center that manufactured the steroid has recalled 17,000 vials, according to WCCO news.

The outbreak has infected over 200 people in 14 states and killed 15, reports Kare 11.

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