Minn. woman is linked to meningitis outbreak

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota woman has been diagnosed with meningitis linked to a deadly outbreak.

The Minnesota Department of Health said Saturday a woman in her 40s received injectable steroids from a compounding pharmacy in Massachusetts.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday, steroid products produced by the New England Compounding Center had been linked to 47 cases of fungal meningitis in seven states. Five people have died. The Minnesota case is not included in those Friday statistics.

The woman was evaluated after experiencing fever and headache and doctors found evidence of meningitis in her spinal fluid. She is being treated with antibiotic and antifungal drugs at a hospital.

The state says about 950 Minnesota patients were treated with the implicated steroid products.

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