Fourth Minnesotan diagnosed with meningitis linked to steroids

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Kare 11 reports that a fourth Minnesota resident has been diagnosed with meningitis linked to tainted steroids on Saturday.

The Minnesota Department of Health said that two of the three Minnesota women who developed meningitis had been released from the hospital with the third soon to follow.

More than 800 Minnesotans may have been exposed to the tainted steroids, recalled by the New England Compounding Center in Framingham, Mass., when they received spinal injections at two Twin Cities clinics, according to health officials.

Fourteen deaths have resulted nationwide from the outbreak.

The CDC is urgently working to fight the fungal meningitis, according to the Star Tribune, but the strain isn't contagious and doesn't spread between people. Instead, it is mostly isolated to the contaminated steroid.

Officials believed they had reached about 90 percent of those who were potentially affected and researchers are working around the clock developing new tests and analyzing hundreds of samples to prevent further deaths.

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