ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota health officials
now confirm three cases of a rare fungal meningitis linked to a steroid
commonly used to ease back pain.
State Health Department
spokesman Buddy Ferguson says like the previous two cases, the latest
case in Minnesota is a woman in her 40s. In all three cases, the women
received injectable steroids from a compounding pharmacy in
Ferguson says the third woman is hospitalized and is being treated with antibiotic and antifungal drugs.
The Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention says there are now more than 90 confirmed cases in nine
states. The death toll Sunday stood at 7.
Minnesota officials say they
believe about 950 Minnesota patients were treated with the implicated
steroid products. They hope to finish contacting all of the patients by
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